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The French shot-stopper only joined the North London club in the summer, but has been kept out of the Spurs starting XI by veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who has been in a rich vein of form since the start of the season.

Lloris singed from Lyon for £8million plus future incentives on transfer deadline day, but has only made a single Premier League appearance.

The French no.1, who featured in last night’s international friendly against Italy, has spent the season warming-up the bench, and is expected to continue doing so for the North London derby at the weekend.

Although considered the future first-team goalkeeper at White Hart Lane, AVB is struggling to keep Lloris happy, suggesting the player will want a move away in January. Villas-Boas is preparing to hold talks with the disillusioned 25-year-old when he arrives back in London following international duty.

It has been revealed that the French international was being closely watched by Arsenal in the summer, but the Gunners pulled out of making a bid at the last minute.

Wenger has recently announced he is on the hunt for a new goalkeeper, and could attempt to lure Lloris to the Emirates during the imminent transfer window.

Lloris told french newspaper L’Equipe: “I remain a competitor. I want to be on the pitch.

“I feel much at ease at the club, where I have been very, very well received by the players, the fans and people at the club.

“Now you have to ask all those questions [over the No.1 spot] to the coach” he added.

France head coach Didier Deschamps has been vocal about AVB’s decision to pick Friedel over the discontented Hugo Lloris.

The former Juventus and Marseille manager has now told reporters: “He doesn’t play enough at his club and it doesn’t sit very well with him.

“His situation is difficult, burdensome, not ideal.

“Returning to the bench after the performance he made with us in Spain [in the World Cup qualifiers] is not easy. He cannot be satisfied playing only one game out of two or three.

“Of course, he would like to play more. He is getting on with it as best he possibly can but obviously he would like to play more,” added Deschamps.

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