Report: Newcastle United and Crystal Palace target Pau Lopez

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad...

Premier League duo Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are looking at Espanyol's Pau Lopez.

Pau Lopez of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at The Lamex Stadium on February 20, 2017 in Stevenage, England.

It is fair to say Pau Lopez probably expected more from his spell at Tottenham Hotspur.

The highly-rated goalkeeper arrived at White Hart Lane from Espanyol on a season-long loan with a full season of first-team La Liga football under his belt.

But Lopez was treated like an up-and-coming reserve at Spurs and did not make a single appearance for the senior side throughout the campaign.

Although since returning to Spain, the 23-year-old has only enhanced his reputation as one of the continent’s most impressive young shot-stoppers.

Espanyol's Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez (R) and Espanyol's Spanish midfielder David Lopez (L) try to block a header by Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) during the...

It is understood by Sport (27 January, front page) that Lopez has even been offered a return to England with both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on the lookout for a new number one before the January transfer window slams shut.

The former Spain under-21 international is a free agent at the end of the season and, after starring in his 19 La Liga appearances in 2017/18, would look like a superb bargain addition for one of the two Premier League relegation battlers.

Pau Lopez of Spain U21 during the international friendly match between Italy U21 and Spain U21 at Olimpico Stadium on March 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

Lopez would be an excellent addition for a Newcastle side lacking funds to bring in established names while it seems that Palace have missed out on signing Vicente Guaita from Espanyol’s league rivals Getafe.

Sport, however, understand that Lopez would rather stay in Spain and agree a new deal with Espanyol. You can see why he might be wary of a return to England.

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