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Exclusive: Norris says IlIan Meslier could be Hugo Lloris’ long-term replacement

Exclusive: Norris says IlIan Meslier could be Hugo Lloris’ long-term replacement - Leeds United News

Former Leeds midfielder David Norris believes that Frenchman IlIan Meslier could be Hugo Lloris’ replacement at Tottenham, but he wouldn’t necessarily expect him to want the move.

Lloris has 12 months remaining on his contract but is expected to see out that deal despite strong reports linking him with a return to France and reunion with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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The 34-year-old, who’ll be hoping to add a European Championships medal to his World Cup this summer, was ever-present last term for the first time in his nine seasons in north London and was one of Tottenham’s few consistent performers.

However, should Lloris not extend his contract, the north London outfit are going to need to replace him for the first time since he joined from Lyon nine years ago.

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English goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Aaron Ramsdale have previously been mentioned, but Norris reckons that his international colleague Meslier could be the man, with Alex McLeish tipping him as a potential replacement last month.

Meslier only turned 21 in March but performed above his years during his debut Premier League season, keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets in 35 appearances.

“Is he better than Lloris at the minute? Probably not yet, but that’s down to experience,” Norris exclusively told The Transfer Tavern.

“What you want as a goalkeeper is to go under the radar and be a steady Eddie, and that’s what Meslier has done. He would be a good signing, but he could be looking at Kane going, Bale going, so would he want that move? So as a replacement long-term? Definitely. Would it happen? I’m not sure.”


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