Tottenham transfer news: Spurs line up Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha as replacement for Hugo Lloris – reports
Tottenham have identified Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha as a potential long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, reports claim.
Spurs captain Lloris was responsible for Liverpool’s winner in the 2-1 defeat on Sunday – the latest in a string of high-profile errors this season.
And while manager Mauricio Pochettino has publicly backed his goalkeeper, The Sun reports that Tottenham scouts have watched Strakosha several times.
The 24-year-old Albania international, valued at £35million, has impressed for the Serie A club this season.
Meanwhile Lloris, 32, has been heavily criticised by pundits for his form this term.
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talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino believes Spurs must find a better goalkeeper if they want to win silverware.
He said: “I will be surprised long term – and I am talking into next season – if Pochettino doesn’t buy another goalkeeper.
“I don’t think he is as good as what you need between the sticks to go and win things.”
Pochettino, however, has refused to criticise the Frenchman and confirmed he will retain his starting place against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
“He is my captain,” Pochettino told the media. “He’s one of the best keepers in the world. There’s no doubt. There’s no doubt that Hugo is one of the best and he’s going to be in the goal.
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“It’s a situation that is so painful because I think we deserved more (at Liverpool), but in that kind of situation, which happens in football, it’s only to be strong and back our player.
“I think Hugo is going to be, like always, great for us. He was great for us. He was so important in all that process in five years, and for sure he’s going to be one of the most important players for the future of the club too.”
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