Paulo Gazzaniga not given shirt number by Southampton

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga of Southampton shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium on December 26, 2013 in...

Southampton have omitted the Tottenham Hotspur target from their squad numbers.

The Sun reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur were set to sign Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Tottenham have signed nobody this summer but The Sun claimed that Spurs would pay £2 million for the goalkeeper, who played under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

Paulo Gazzaniga of Southampton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary's Stadium on May 16, 2015 in Southampton, England.

And although the Saints haven't confirmed his switch to North London, they have effectively confirmed he won't play a role with them during the 2017-18 season.

The South-Coast club released their squad numbers for the new campaign, and the 25-year-old, also from the same city in Argentina as Pochettino, has not been included.

He is under contract at St Mary's until 2019 and it seems odd that he wouldn't be given a number if the club expected him to be there next season.

Should a switch materialise, it remains to be seen whether the Lilywhites view him as a second or third-choice option behind Hugo Lloris.

Michel Vorm has played second fiddle to the Frenchman over the past three seasons, but Gazzaniga, who has made 21 league appearances for Southampton in five years, is hardly a tried-and-tested option to rival Lloris.

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga of Southampton shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton at Cardiff City Stadium on December 26, 2013 in...

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