Tottenham offer £2.6m for 22-year-old as Poch eyes early deal - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have made a £2.6million offer for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, according to a report.
Spanish publication GOL claim the Premier League club have made a move to sign the on-loan 22-year-old on a permanent basis.
It is said that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are only willing to pay a fraction of the £6.1million valuation Espanyol have placed on the highly rated young keeper.
The La Liga club have made it clear how much it will take to land Lopez, who joined Spurs last summer on a buy-to-loan deal.
GOL report that the former Spain Under-21 international has made a big impression and White Hart Lane and Pochettino and his staff are keen to push through a permanent transfer.
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It has been reported elsewhere that Tottenham paid a £520,000 loan fee for Lopez and the terms of the contract stipulate the total cost of the purchase will be £6.1million.
Espanyol have lined up two major targets with which to buy with the potential proceeds of the Lopez money, AC Milan goalkeeper and Porto defender Diego Reyes.
Spurs are keen to tie up an early summer deal for Lopez, who has been the third choice keeper during his season in north London.
The youngster is yet to make his senior debut but has performed impressively for the club’s Under-23s in Premier League 2 fixtures and is regarded as a first-teamer of the future.
Skipper Hugo Lloris is the undisputed number one at the Premier League club and Michel Vorm, 33, is his understudy.
The Frenchman has made 32 first-team appearances this season, while Vorm has accumulated 10, nine of which have been starts and most haven come in cup competitions.
It could mean that Vorm’s future at the club is thrown into doubt.
In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has lined up the next Spurs arrival as the deal is all but done.