Report: Belgian is on Spurs’ ‘short-list’ as potential replacement for long-serving star 

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Dom Le Roy

According to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, Tottenham are eyeing Wolfsberg goalkeeper Koen Casteels is as a potential replacement for Hugo Lloris.

Lloris will enter the final twelve months of his contract with Spurs in the summer and it has been reported that the goalkeeper is unlikely to sign a new deal with the North Londoners.

Reports indicate that a return to France is on the cards for the goalkeeper, with Pairs Saint-Germain and his former club Nice both being suggested as potential destinations for the Tottenham number one.

The likes of Nick Pope, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone are all said to be of interest to Jose Mourinho’s side. 

It has now been revealed that Casteels is another name on Tottenham’s radar on the back of his consistent performances for Wolfsberg over the last few years.

Falk admitted that while it might not be the end of the road for Lloris at Spurs just yet, the North Londoners are already on the lookout for his long-term successor for the 34-year-old and the Belgian international is one of the players who is being considered.

He said: “Tottenham have been looking at the goalkeeper position. Hugo Lloris is 34, and his contract ends in 2022.

“He is not in dispute, but of course, you have to look at it; it could become a focus of attention.

“They (Tottenham) are watching (Casteels), and we know he would like to go to a top club as he would like to recommend himself to have a chance of going to Qatar with the national team.

“Whether a change comes is questionable because he is still tied until 2024, which means he costs a bit of money, but he is, at least, on the shortlist.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

If we do sign a goalkeeper this summer, I believe it will not be to replace Lloris but potentially play second fiddle to the Frenchman for a year or two. Given our financial constraints and our issues with fulfilling the homegrown criteria, it would make much more sense to go for someone like Johnstone. 

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