Tottenham: BBC pundit thrilled by Diogo Costa transfer claim
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Alan Hutton has been left thrilled by Tottenham‘s links to FC Porto star goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The Lowdown: Spurs officials sent on Costa mission…
Earlier this week, news broke that Spurs are among the Premier League sides to have sent scouts to run the rule over Costa recently.
90min claimed that Lilywhites officials have been on missions to observe the 23-year-old in action as they potentially weigh long-term successors for Hugo Lloris.
Lloris’ current deal runs out in 2024 and other claims say that Antonio Conte‘s side are on the hunt for his replacement.
The Latest: Hutton thrilled by Costa news…
Speaking to Football Insider, former Spurs right-back turned BBC pundit Hutton has reacted to the report linking Costa to Tottenham.
Indeed, he claimed looking at a young goalkeeper like Costa with longevity is the ‘way forward’, stating:
“I think bringing somebody in with a view of the longer term, that is going to take over and be there for a certain number of years, that you can build a defence and team round. I think that is the way forward at this moment in time.
“It is a position that people do not talk about all too much. Everyone talks about strikers and midfielders and defenders but you need that solid base to build from.
“I think that is what they will be looking for, someone that is going to be there for the long haul.”
The Verdict: Great player…
If Spurs decide to take their interest in Costa further, chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Fabio Paratici could acquire a serious shot-stopper for years to come.
The Porto star has already broken records – becoming the first ever goalkeeper to save a penalty and notch an assist in the same Champions League game.
He’s also the only keeper to save three penalties in a single Champions League campaign from 2003/2004 onwards – leaving little wonder Europe’s elite are starting to take notice.
The Portugal international has been called ‘absolutely exceptional’ at ‘pretty much everything‘ by journalists and Spurs look to be doing the right thing by keeping tabs.
However, Costa is attracting interest from both Chelsea and United also, meaning they may have to make their move soon.