By Derek Smithson
Tottenham will need to double their £2million offer for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez if they want to sign him this summer, according to a report.
The International Business Times claim that Spurs are keen on securing a permanent deal for the 22-year-old that spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, despite him failing to make a single senior appearance.
It is understood that the north London club had an option to sign him this summer for £6.1million at the end of his loan spell, but they offered £2million in a cut-price deal.
However, the report details that Espanyol are looking for Spurs to double their bid to £4million if they want to sign him in the summer window.
The two clubs may be at a stalemate as Spurs don’t intend on increasing the offer as they could sign him on a free transfer in the 2018 summer window, with just 12 years remaining on Lopez’s contract at Spanish club Espanyol.
Lopez was unable to force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting line-up last season and was left playing for the Under-23s side for the most-part.
However, he is believed to be a highly rated youngster and Pochettino rates him after knowing him from his time at Espanyol.
Spurs do have two experienced senior goalkeepers already in their squad with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm above Lopez in the pecking order.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs are keen on bringing Lopez back to the club and certainly see him as a potential future number one, but there is no way he can get a look in during the next few years. They should be happy to patiently wait for a free transfer in 2018 and could hold the leverage to make Espanyol lower their asking price. Pochettino is keen for the Spaniard to continue his development with the Spurs coaches, but you can’t buy the experience of regular first-team football. A loan spell could be the best move for Lopez if they did manage to sign the 22-year-old, with Harry Kane a perfect example of how the system can work.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they have opened talks with a striker and expect to complete the deal soon.