Spurs set to offer Lloris new deal to stop suitors from summer swoop
Spurs will try to get first-choice keeper Hugo Lloris to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane before the end of the season, amid rumoured interest from the continent.
France captain Lloris has kept a dozen Premier League clean sheets this term with Tottenham, but is a reported target for Ligue 1 heavyweights PSG and Monaco, as well as La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Tim Sherwood may need to deliver a top-four finish (4/1) to stay on as Spurs head coach beyond this summer, despite signing an 18-month contract when he succeeded Andre Villas-Boas in December. Tottenham are four points off a Champions League place, but fourth-place Manchester City have two games in hand on them.
If they cannot bridge that gap, then suitors will fancy their chances of landing Lloris – whether he opts to ink a new deal, which is rumoured to improve on his £80k weekly wages, or not.
Coral reported in February that Lloris was a target for Atletico, in the event current custodian Thibaut Courtois returns to Chelsea next season and competes with Petr Cech for a starting spot at the Blues.
Now it appears the French top-flight leaders PSG (heavily odds-on at 1/50 to win the title), and their nearest challengers Monaco (14/1), are coveting Lloris as neither are happy with their current keeping options.
Italian number two Salvatore Sirigu is between the sticks at the Parc des Princes, but Laurent Blanc is rumoured to be unimpressed with him due to a lack of consistency. Nicolas Douchez is PSG’s backup option.
Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has preferred Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic to on-loan Argentina international Sergio Romero this term, but the former made a costly error last time out when the Cote d’Azur club lost at St-Etienne.
Should Spurs ultimately sell Lloris, they will want considerably more than the £12m spent on signing him from Lyon in the summer of 2012. Club chairman Daniel Levy is rumoured to have valued his star stopper at £20m.
Tottenham take on London rivals Chelsea next in the Premier League before the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie with Benfica. Sherwood’s side are 11/2 outsiders to win at Stamford Bridge on March 8th, so back them with Coral.