Tottenham could be about to seal 'massive coup' worth '£70m' after Lloris reveal - pundit
Tottenham can save around “£70million” by handing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris a new contract, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted enticing the 34-year-old to stay would be a “massive coup” for the Lilywhites.
This site exclusively revealed on Saturday (11 December) that Lloris has opened talks with Tottenham over a new long-term deal as he looks to extend his nine-year spell at the club.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Lloris, 34, wants to commit to another deal that would take him into his late 30s.
The 2018 World Cup winner’s contract is currently set to expire at the end of this season.
Whelan insisted securing Lloris’ future at Spurs would be “brilliant business” for Antonio Conte’s side.
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“If they can get him signed up for another couple of years, that would be brilliant business,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“World-class goalkeepers are hard to come by. If you’re going out and buying one nowadays, it would probably cost you £70m or so.
“Goalkeepers can play well into their forties, and Lloris is no different – he still looks very fit and very sharp.
“If they can entice him to stay then it would be a massive coup because he was set to leave by all accounts.
“If he signs then it just shows that little bit of intent going into next season in the fact that they’re trying to keep their best players at the club.”
Lloris has made 388 appearances for Tottenham since joining in 2012 – keeping 132 clean sheets.
The former Lyon goalkeeper is France’s second-most capped player having played 132 times for Les Bleus.