Ligue 1

Are Spurs £3M Adrift From Landing Friedel’s Replacement?

According to The Times, the French number one might be on his way to White Hart Lane in a move which will see him apparently snub Arsenal by joining AVB’s project, for the second time this window after the confirmation of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax.

Hugo Lloris has said to have agreed terms with the London club and would only leave the final stage of the transfer to remain, a fee which will leave both parties content. Obviously easier said than done, Levy’s stubbornness always helps in this tough negotiation process, but with proof of his bargaining skills as shown by the transfer of Vertonghen, Tottenham might not have to add £3 million to their existing £12 million offer to please his departing club Lyon.

Lloris is only 25 years old and at being such an established goal keeper for such a young age, this means that he will easily slot into the new ethos of Tottenham – long term investment and planning as the North London side go all out to secure Champions League football once again.

With Friedel, Tottenham’s first choice goalkeeper only having a year or two left to play before he retires, Spurs need a new goalkeeper who has experience at the top level of football, something which Lloris has been recognised for by winning the Goalkeeper of the Year for Ligue 1 3 times between 2008/09 – 2011/12, and in the same time, also being placed in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.

It’s obvious that Tottenham need to buy Lloris with Friedel being too scared to come off of his line, making it much easier for the opposing attacking players to score by giving them much more time.

Of course Friedel is an incredible asset but considering that he was captured on a free, it is time that Spurs splash the cash on world-renowned goalkeeper to match their intimidating defence and as a result, I really think that this purchase, along with the signing of Vertonghen, could see the number of goals conceded by Spurs in the forthcoming season be a fraction of last year’s campaign, in what Spurs hope is a distant memory of Redknapp’s reign as manager.

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