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Keeper Mandanda eyeing Premier League move, with Spurs an option

| 06.05.2015

Premier League top four outsiders Tottenham (80/1) face a potential dilemma this summer, if their star stopper Hugo Lloris moves on, with both Real Madrid and Manchester United suitors, depending on the future of David de Gea.

That could mean that Spurs could go for another France keeper in Marseille’s Steve Mandanda, who has recently declared interest in playing in the English top flight one day.

“Yes, it’s a league that I like a lot, there are the best teams there,” 30-year-old Mandanda said. “It’s been a while I’ve been at Marseille. We’ll have to see how the season finishes, where the club will be at the end of the season, whether or not there will be European football, if I have good offers.

“It’s difficult to know whether I will stay or not. I’ll see. I’ll have to talk to the board and we’ll find a solution,” he continued. “I feel good at the club, I’m not out on the street. I’m at a big French club, so there’s no problem. But they are discussions to be had.”

Mandanda, who was born in Zaire (present day DR Congo), has represented France on 19 occasions, and is highly rated on the continent. He has played for Marseille for most of his career, winning the Ligue 1 title in 2009/10 as well as three French Cups.

This season, L’OM, under master tactician Marcelo Bielsa, made a great start, being top of the table for much of the campaign, but have somewhat tailed off towards the end due to their relatively small squad.

They are currently up in fourth place with three games to go, but many of their stars are being linked with moves away this summer, including manager Bielsa, also to the Premier League.

If Spurs do sign the former Le Havre stopper, and Lloris leaves, Mandanda will have to battle it out for the number one spot with Netherlands international Michel Vorm.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.