By Danny Wright
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing up a £2million raid of his former club Southampton for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Pochettino is in pole position to land the Premier League 25-year-old as he looks to bring in a third choice goalkeeper to north London.
Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are the two ‘keepers already on the books at Spurs, but it is said that Pochettino is eager to add more competition to his ranks ahead of a season which includes Champions League football.
Pau Lopez was Spurs’ third choice goalkeeper last season, however he has since returned to Espanyol after his loan stay in north London came to an end.
Southampton are said to be willing to sell Gazzaniga after he spent last season on loan in the second tier of Spanish football with Rayo Vallecano, where he made 34 appearances across all competitions, keeping 12 clean sheets.
Tottenham are the only team yet to sign a player this summer, however it is understood that Argentinean goalkeeper Gazzaniga could be their first arrival.
Football Insider Verdict
Tottenham could probably do with a third choice goalkeeper, but most teams in the Premier League are reliant upon the emerging talent in their Under-23 side. It’s strange that given Pochettino’s trust in youth hasn’t seen him stick with one of them and instead he has to look at using up some of his transfer and wage budget to get in someone. He may rate Gazzaniga highly, but it’s not exactly a deal that Tottenham fans will be in support of. Spurs need to add strength in depth to their attack and possibly midfield. Lloris backed up by Vorm are good options between the sticks but someone like Brandon Austin or Alfie Whiteman could be used as a third option. There’s no point in bringing in Gazzaniga for competition, because he’s simply nowhere near as good as the existing first-team options.
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