Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their search for a new number one goalkeeper to succeed Hugo Lloris at the end of this season, according to reports.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner has been the club’s first choice goalkeeper since joining Tottenham from Lyon in 2012.
The France international played under six different managers during his time in north London, with 386 times in all competitions.
In what is approaching a decade at Tottenham, Lloris has also emerged as the club’s record Premier League appearance holder with 310 top-level appearances in a Spurs shirt.
He is also currently the club’s longest-serving player, but his future at Tottenham is uncertain as the final six months of his contract draw near.
Lloris, who turns 35 on Boxing Day, is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, with his contract running until August 2022 to complete ten years as Spurs’ No.1.
According to the Daily Mail, there has been no discussion of extending Lloris’ stay in the North London outfit beyond this season.
The report also claims that a list of possible replacements has already been made as, without a final decision on Lloris’ future, he is likely to leave the club to take on a new challenge.
West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is said to be one of the best gloves identified as one of the Frenchman’s potential replacements next season.
The 28-year-old was called up to the England squad for Euro 2020, although he has not played a game, and has retained his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the recent playoffs as The Three Lions have reserved their places at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He has won three caps for his country since his first call-up in England earlier this year, and a return to the Premier League would surely give his international hopes a bigger boost.
Meanwhile, Manchester United second-choice goalkeeper Dean Henderson is also on Spurs’ target list.
The Mail also reports that the 24-year-old would be keen to replace the current Spurs captain to launch his career, with his path to more consistent playing time at Old Trafford being blocked by David de Gea who has been one of the outstanding performers. of United, so far from this term.
2018 World Cup winner Lloris believes he still has years to play at the highest level before retiring from professional football.
He said: “There is nothing from the club on a contract but there is no problem. We will see later about that.