Should Tottenham Hotspur target this Asian Cup goalkeeper?

Australia national team goalkeeper Mathew Ryan was previously on trial at the White Hart Lane outfit and could be the ideal mid-season purchase.

This Friday’s Asia Cup opener between hosts Australia and group-stage opponents Kuwait could offer one Socceroos star dreaming of a Premier League move a fantastic opportunity to show the likes of Tottenham Hotspur what they could get.

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan won plaudits aplenty for his fine displays at the World Cup in Brazil where even the heroics of the 22-year-old could not prevent Australia from finishing bottom of a group that, in fairness, also featured Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.

Since then the former Central Coast Mariners player has gone from strength-to-strength for Club Brugge, building on the Belgium Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year Award he won for a string of impressive displays over the course of the 2013-14 season.

Boasting superb reflexes and excellent distribution, it is little wonder that Brugge recently announced that Ryan had signed a contract extension that could see him remain at the club until 2018 on improved terms.

But that deal may simply ensure the Belgian giants receive a generous transfer fee for the 22-year-old, who could well catch the eye of more than a few Premier League clubs in the coming weeks.

Hull have already been linked with a move for the player, while Ryan also spent time on trial at Tottenham.

And it’s the latter of these two clubs that could prove the ideal fit with reports yet again resurfacing linking current White Hart Lane no.1 Hugo Lloris with a move to Real Madrid.

With any Los Blancos offer for the Frenchman likely to prove substantial, the opportunity is there for Spurs to bring in a young, potentially cheaper replacement in Ryan.

Much could depend on Australia’s efforts Down Under with the hosts under the pressure to perform following a run of one win in their last 11.

But while the Socceroos defensive woes have been highlighted on more than one occasion, any pressure on the Australia goal could prove to be a blessing in disguise for Ryan, allowing the 22-year-old to show his capabilities between the posts.

It’s all shaping up to be a win-win scenario for the Brugge shot-stopper – here’s hoping it results in a move to English shores in the near future.

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