Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was heavily linked with a move away from the club during the summer transfer window.
However, the French international goalkeeper ended up staying at the club and he is now expected to leave the club in January. Journalist Martin Lipton has revealed on Off The Ball YouTube show that the goalkeeper has been asked to move on and it remains to be seen whether Lloris can secure a move away in January.
“With Lloris, they said to him you can go. With our blessing, you have been brilliant but it’s time to move on. He had a look but he didn’t like any of the offers. He has a year left on his contract, it’s not going to be renewed and he might decide in January that he does need to go and play. I can’t see why he’s staying, whereas Dier has a role to play, even if it’s not on the pitch,” Lipton said.
Guglielmo Vicario has been signed as the first-choice goalkeeper at the north London club and Lloris is unlikely to get any playing time this season. It makes sense for the 36-year-old to move on in search of regular first-team action.
He has been a loyal servant for Tottenham over the years but the player is clearly past his peak and he cost his side valuable points last season. Spurs needed to bring in an upgrade on the player and Vicario has proven to be a quality acquisition so far.
Getting rid of Lloris would free up some wages as well. It will be interesting to see where the French international ends up eventually. Although he has been a shadow of his former self, his experience and leadership qualities could still prove to be invaluable for many mid-table clubs.