Tottenham line up two PL replacements for Lloris amid growing exit fears - report
By Tony Hughes
Tottenham have lined up Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford as their leading targets to replace Hugo Lloris, according to a report.
The Sun claim there are growing fears in the White Hart Lane corridors of power that Lloris will leave next summer if the club do not clinch a top-four finish.
It is said that the France international, 29, is being closely watched by European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Spurs are reportedly making contingency plans in the event that Lloris does leave and the two goalkeepers on their radar are Manchester City’s Hart and Sunderland’s Pickford.
The Sun state that Hart would be the first choice of Mauricio Pochettino’s side but they are likely to be able to afford the fee and wages needed to entice him.
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As a result, Pickford, 22, has emerged as a strong contender following his excellent displays this season for a struggling Sunderland side.
Lloris has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Spurs contract but is one of the few senior players at the club who has not committed to a long-term extension in recent times.
Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen added their names this week to the 10 Tottenham players who have signed up to new deals over the last two months.
Football Insider verdict:
Lloris’ contract situation must be a growing concern for Tottenham. The goalkeeper is not only a proven Premier League performer but one of the world’s elite performers in his position and is as important to Pochettino’s side as talisman Kane. It makes sense for Spurs to line up a replacement who knows the league and has showed he is capable of dealing with its unique pressures. Pickford has made a huge impression at Sunderland this season and is destined for big things. He would also represent far better value than Hart, who is on a mega contract and would not be willing to take a pay cut to quit City.
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