Why Spurs move for Hugo Lloris replacement is a non-starter

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After being linked with a £9 million move to Spurs, Ali Ahamada is not the man for Mauricio Pochettino in more ways than one.

The future of Hugo Lloris continues to hang in the balance, although any move for France’s No.1 goalkeeper wouldn’t happen until the summer. Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with a number of goalkeepers, some more realistic than others.

One of the names mentioned, quite bizarrely was that of former France under-21 international and Toulouse shot-stopper Ali Ahamada.

At the time it was a strange story, the price quoted was around £9 million, a crazy price for a goalkeeper who had yet to make one start this season, but if there was any truth in the rumour, it is very unlikely now.

Ahamada’s contract is up in the summer of 2015, but L’Equipe report that the 23-year-old ‘keeper is set to sign a new deal, keeping him at the club until 2019.

18 months ago, Ahamada was the next excellent goalkeeping prospect in France, but a spate of errors and poor performances saw his crown slip and Toulouse had to dip into the transfer market.

Le Téfécé signed Zacharie Boucher from Le Havre in January last year and the goalkeeper, who is a year younger than Ahamada, went on to play 17 times for Toulouse.

It was expected that Boucher would go on to be TFC’s No.1 ‘keeper for the next few years, but a loss of form this season has seen Ahamada reclaim his place in the starting XI.

Strangely, the return to the team came after he was linked to Spurs. Now, Ahamada was started the last six games for Toulouse, conceding 11 goals in the process.

The link was always very weak, but if Ahamada was ever a target for Spurs, has performances and his new contract situation would surely put the London club off making any sort of move in the next six months.

Pochettino and the North London club will be desperate to do everything in their power to keep Lloris at the club. Any move back to France is unlikely, with PSG the only club that could afford him and their No. 1 position taken by Salvatore Sirigu.

It could be that Spurs best chance of keeping Lloris would be the lack of top clubs needing a goalkeeper at the moment.

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