Spurs are reportedly struggling to tie their goalkeeper down to a new deal with wages thought to be the issue.
It appears to be worrying news for Tottenham regarding club captain and shot-stopper supremo Hugo Lloris.
The Frenchman is causing the club a headache by reportedly playing hardball over a new contract, with the former Lyon goalkeeper wanting a substantial increase in wages to take him past the £100,000-a-week barrier as reported by The Mirror.
Chairman Daniel Levy is standing firm over his stance that the club will not break its wage structure past that amount, in what could set a precedent for other players to barter for six-figure contracts.
However, losing a player of Lloris’ ability and stature would be a massive blow to Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League hopes, so it’s a tough situation for the club to be in.
Should the disappointing happen and the 29-year-old leave North London for bigger money, Mauricio Pochettino will need to find a new and possibly younger number one as soon as possible.
So we’ve done the work for him. Here are five goalkeepers who could do a pretty good job of replacing Hugo Lloris if his time at White Hart Lane does unfortunately come to an end:
Jack Butland – Stoke City
Suffering a setback in his recovery from a fractured ankle sustained against Germany in March, Jack Butland will be itching to return to first team action as soon as possible.
The Stoke City goalkeeper was a reliable presence for Mark Hughes’ side after taking over from Asmir Begovic between the sticks and is in prime position to take over from Joe Hart as England’s new number one.
Confident and vastly experienced with over 150 games to his name, the 23-year-old would find it hard to turn down Tottenham’s advances with Stoke struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Jordan Pickford – Sunderland
Injury to Vito Mannone has seen Jordan Pickford step up to the firing line in difficult circumstances, but is the major plus point in an otherwise dismal season for Sunderland.
Some sensational stops have prevented The Black Cats from sinking further without a trace this season and Pickford was vital in the win at Bournemouth to help Sunderland to their first three points.
Raw, but definitely talented, the 22-year-old would be a long-term investment for Tottenham but it remains to be seen if he can sustain his form with Mannone back to fitness.
Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan
Regarded as one of the hottest young goalkeepers in the world, Gianluigi Donnarumma was thrown into the AC Milan first team last October aged just 16 and helped his side secure a 2-1 win over Sassuolo.
Now firmly first choice at the San Siro, the 6ft 5″ shot-stopper has remarkable agility and calmness despite his age and is considered as the successor to namesake Gianluigi Buffon for the Italian national team.
Donnarumma’s fearlessness and composure at 17 is incredible, but his love of AC Milan is strong and with the Rossoneri riding high in Serie A, he’s unlikely to make the jump to North London any time soon.
Timo Horn – FC Koln
Racking up almost 150 appearances for Koln since becoming first choice goalkeeper at 19, Timo Horn is a confident and reliable performer helping his hometown club make an impressive start in the Bundesliga.
A silver medal for Germany in the Rio Olympics and three clean sheets from Koln’s first three league games is a solid start.
Unfortunately injury his sidelined Horn until the new year, but the understudy to Manuel Neuer is a dependable option for Mauricio Pochettino, even though he is yet to receive a senior cap outside of the Olympics.
Mattia Perin – Genoa
Genoa’s long-haired shot-stopper Mattia Perin is another excellent goalkeeper in Serie A, with four clean sheets in nine league games.
That’s already half of what he achieved in 25 games last season as Perin was tentatively linked with a Premier League switch back in January with scouts supposedly watching him in action.
His positioning and presence are excellent and is definitely a goalkeeper for the big occasion, but he doesn’t necessarily stand out too often and that could hold him back from a move to a bigger club.