Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris wanted by Ligue 1 giants

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AS Monaco are targetting Spurs 'keeper Hugo Lloris as they look to strengthen for next year's Champions' League.

AS Monaco's first season back in Ligue 1 has been a great success, and with their second place finish almost secure, they have started working on targets for this summer. Top of the list, according to France Football, is Tottenham Hotspur and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The clubs’ management want to bring in a World-Class goalkeeper for their assault on Europe's premier cup competition, and Lloris has been put to the top of the list.

Previously the names of Barcelona's Victor Valdes and Marseille's Steve Mandanda have been mentioned, but a swoop for France's Number one, would be the kind of deal that pushes Monaco further up the club ladder.

Current 'keeper Danijel Subasic has enjoyed an average season. Against Paris Saint-Germain he looked every part the superb player that Monaco are after, but then last weekend in the league against Stade de Reims he made fatal errors in their 3-2 win, casting doubt over the Croatian's future.

It is unclear whether or not Lloris would welcome a move away from White Hart Lane at the moment. He has enjoyed a good spell at the London club after a shaky start, competing with Brad Friedel for the number one jersey.

He is now Spurs first pick and there would be no real reason to leave the Premier League at the moment. The situation might change when the North-London club appoint a new permanent manager in the summer. If he is not keen on Lloris, it could leave the door open for Monaco to make a move.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper was born and grew up in the south of France, growing up in Nice, with his father a banker in Monte Carlo. His younger brother Gauthier currently plays in the Nice youth side, and is making his way through the French youth teams. His family ties are still deeply rooted in the south of France, so a move back may not be completely off the table.

Spurs pre-season expectations were to finish in the top four and they look likely to fall short, missing out on a place in the Champions League. This, plus the interest from Monaco, could make for an interesting summer for the World Cup bound goalkeeper.

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