Spurs transfer report nothing short of nonsense

Tottenham Hotspur are set to sell Hugo Lloris this summer, according to The Daily Star.

The France international has made a number of mistakes this season and the report claims that Paulo Gazzaniga will be promoted to No.1 in his stead.

What’s the word?

The Daily Star report that goalkeeper Marko Malenica, of Croatian club Osijek FC, has been earmarked as a potential signing this summer, with Spurs poised to cash in on Lloris.

A number of other Premier League clubs are listed as potential suitors for the stopper, who would cost as little as £1million.

Watford, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are also said to be interested.

Malenica has played for Osijek in Europa League qualifying, including in a two-legged tie against Scottish giants Rangers, and has kept nine clean sheets in 29 league outings in 2018-19.

Osijek are currently third in the Croatian top-flight, though they are 26 points behind leaders Dinamo Zagreb.

A nonsense report

This smacks of a desire to fill pages.

Lloris may have made a couple of mistakes this season – namely against Liverpool in the Premier League and PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League – but he remains Spurs’ skipper.

The idea that Gazzaniga, who has made two Premier League appearances this term, will be instantly promoted to first-choice, with a little-known stopper recruited as a replacement, and the club’s captain binned off, makes precious little sense.

Lloris may well be seen as upgradeable. There are certainly keepers out there who make fewer mistakes. But, as it is, he still appears to have the trust of his manager.

Short of Pochettino making a complete u-turn and deciding to throw the Frenchman under the bus, expect Lloris to stay in north London for a little while longer yet.

If this does come true, however, questions surely have to be asked of the Argentine.