Tottenham are very much interested in adding a third first-team goalkeeper to the squad but are looking for a specific type of player.
Atletico Madrid's Lucas Hernandez fights for the ball against Espanyol's goalkeeper Pau Lopez
Tottenham Hotspur are assessing a number of talented young goalkeepers who could join their squad, according to Sky Sports reports, with Espanyol's Pau Lopez still the favourite to link up with Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Spurs were reportedly pushing hard to get the 21-year-old in as quickly as possible, with the Mirror reporting on Thursday that the club were hoping to conclude a deal in time for this weekend's match against Crystal Palace.
The deadline for that has come and gone, but the club were not looking at a bid for the player on a short-term basis, with the news that they are actively pursuing a younger stopper in preparation for the future, and a move for Lopez remains on the cards.
Tottenham's Michel Vorm is substituted on for Hugo Lloris as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks on
It is a sensible approach by the North Londoners, with neither Michel Vorm, 32, or Hugo Lloris, 30 this year, young goalkeepers and the Frenchman consistently linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona each year.
There is no hint that Spurs would entertain selling their captain, of course, but with the club's homegrown goalkeepers Luke McGee, Tom Glover and Alfie Whiteman all without first-team experience, the signing of a promising but somewhat established third choice would give an opportunity for at least some of those to head out on loans of their own when they were ready.
Additionally, if a young goalkeeper came in and proved themselves, it would give the club the chance to bump him up to Vorm's position; getting action in the domestic cups with a possible long-term goal of challenging Lloris were the Frenchman to stay at White Hart Lane until his mid-30s.
Whether that is Lopez or another quality young 'keeper, it is clear Spurs want a player of a certain age range.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris