The London Evening Standard has reported that Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the progress of Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn.
The paper claims Tottenham are preparing for an era after Hugo Lloris, suggesting that the Frenchman could be one of the club’s high profile stars to leave at the end of this season, if Spurs don’t secure Champions League football.
We’ve considered three key questions created by the report and looked at initial reaction from Tottenham fans.
Who is interested in Lloris?
The paper states that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are the sides interested in doing business.
It’s fair to say that United will be at the bottom of the list considering they are a direct rival to Tottenham at the moment.
What about his contract?
Lloris only signed a new five-year contract with the club last summer. However, the Standard suggests that keeping him is directly related to qualifying to play in the Champions League. There don’t seem to be any issues with Lloris’ loyalty.
What about his leadership role with Tottenham?
Any side that subsequently signs Lloris might not offer him the same responsibility he’s got at Tottenham in terms of the vice captaincy.
Mauricio Pochettino gave Lloris a huge sign of his status in the current squad when he made him vice-captain behind Younes Kaboul.
He also looked devastated after the League Cup defeat last weekend and may be savouring that feeling, with the determination to resolve it as a Tottenham player.
What’s so special about the German?
He’s played for Germany at under-21 international level and has established himself as Cologne’s number one despite being just 22-years-old.
What about Michel Vorm?
If Lloris left, Vorm would more than likely become the club’s number one. If Horn comes in, he’ll have to fight for his place ahead of Vorm in the same way the Dutchman has been pushing to get chances ahead of Lloris.