Sky: Tottenham table multiple bids for 21-year-old
By Will Butcher
Tottenham have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their website that Spurs have tabled a number of offers for Lopez but the Spanish club “did not accept any of them”.
This comes after Spanish newspaper Sport claimed last week that Spurs had agreed to pay a £520,000 fee to sign Lopez on a season-long loan and there will be a £6.1million option to buy him permanently next summer.
But Sky Sports suggest an agreement is still not in place as Mauricio Pochettino looks at adding a third senior goalkeeper to supplement Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm.
It is said that Espanyol have given the green light to the 21-year-old leaving as new manager Quique Sanchez Flores will install summer signing Roberto from Olympiako as his No1 this season.
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Lopez would arrive at Tottenham as back-up to established first choice Lloris, who will be out until mid-September.
Following further assessment of the hamstring injury sustained by Hugo, we can confirm he’s expected to be out of action for around 4 weeks.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 16, 2016
Spanish outlet Sport claimed at the start of August that the Londoners had an initial £2million bid for Lopez rejected as manager Mauricio Pochettino looked to add competition for Lloris.
The injury to the Spurs captain increases the need to sign a new keeper even though his deputy Vorm is an experienced Premier League campaigner and stood in for the club captain in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
The arrival of the shot-stopper from Spain could push Vorm further down the White Hart Lane pecking order.
Espanyol academy graduate Lopez made his debut in 2014 for the Spanish club, who were previously managed by Pochettino.
Lopez made 38 appearances for the La Liga club in all competitions last term, as he conceded 74 goals, which included seven clean sheets.
Pochettino’s ties with his former club could smooth out the deal as the Argentine boss looks to add his third major signing of the summer.
In other Tottenham transfer news, scouts have been watching Nottingham Forest youngster Oliver Burke after the teen sensation continues to impress.