Tottenham preparing £10m bid for France goalkeeper
Published 22:28 21/04/12 By Steve Stammers
Tottenham are set to sign French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for £10 million.
Spurs acknowledge that Brad Friedel - 41 next month - is approaching the end of his career.
Heurelho Gomes is desperate to leave White Hart Lane at the end of the season and Carlo Cudicini was exposed at Wembley during the 5-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea a week ago.
In the search for a new, long-term number one, Lloris has been the subject of glowing reports from the Spurs scouts.
Olympique Lyon will be reluctant to let Lloris go but they would find it difficult to resist a five-figure offer.
Lloris is the established first choice not only for his club, but also his country.
He has shown a maturity beyond his 25 years and France coach Laurent Blanc has been so impressed with Lloris that he has made him captain.
So it will be Lloris who leads France against England in Donetsk in June.
Lloris is regarded as the most talented goalkeeper France have produced since Fabien Barthez.
Blanc admires his qualities of leadership and is confident that Lloris will ensure there will be no repeat of the debacle in the World Cup in South Africa two years ago when the squad was divided and there was open defiance of manager Raymond Domench.
Lloris has been the kingpin of France’s impressive qualification for the Euro finals and has been in eye-catching for his club this season.