Report: Pochettino identifies Steve Mandanda as potential Tottenham target if Lloris leaves

Steve Mandanda

Tottenham are reportedly lining up Steve Mandanda as a possible replacement for Hugo Lloris.

According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham could make a move for Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda if Hugo Lloris leaves this summer.

Lloris, 28, is one of the Premier League's top goalkeepers and has been Tottenham's first choice ever since his 2012 move from Lyon, but speculation surrounds his future.

The Mirror reported earlier this week that Manchester United are considering a move for Lloris should they lose their goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid this summer.

As a result, Tottenham must also make contingency plans in case Lloris does depart - and The Mirror believe that Mandanda is an option.

The 30-year-old has long been Lloris' understudy for France, but could now join the likes of Andre Ayew, Jeremy Morel, Dimitri Payet and Andre-Pierre Gignac in leaving Marseille this summer.

The report states that Pochettino has identified Mandanda as a potential replacement for Lloris, and he could cost just £6.5m to purchase.

Sensible replacement?

Mandanda has long had a great reputation in France, and is known for being a highly athletic goalkeeper with great reflexes.

However, Mandanda is second choice to Lloris for France for a reason - he just isn't quite as good as the Tottenham stopper.

With Lloris likely to bring in around £20m-£25m, Spurs could sign Mandanda and still have plenty of money to spend on other areas. Yet, as a like-for-like replacement, Tottenham fans could see a slight drop off in quality should Mandanda arrive this summer.

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