Tottenham transfers: Lyon’s Lopez almost joined Spurs, reveals Lloris

Tottenham transfers: Hugo Lloris reveals his former Lyon team-mate Lisandro Lopez almost joined Spurs in the January transfer window

Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris moved to Tottenham Hotspur in August Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris has claimed that his former Lyon team-mate Lisandro Lopez came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

Andre Villas-Boas was in the hunt for a striker last month to provide cover for the injured Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Lopez has scored eight goals in 19 appearances for Lyon this season – and Lloris revealed that the Argentina international could have moved to White Hart Lane.

“Lisandro? It seems he almost joined Tottenham,” Lloris told L’Equipe.

“He is a great player, charismatic and one who has given a lot to Lyon.

“He is a top player, who works hard for the team and can win matches. He is a player that deserves the best.”

Lloris struggled to break into Tottenham’s first-team at the start of the season, with Villas-Boas preferring to stick with veteran shot-stopper Brad Friedel.

But the France international, who joined Spurs from Lyon in a £12.3m deal in August, has since ousted the American goalkeeper and is now first-choice at the north London club.

And the 26-year-old says that there are no lingering issues between him and Villas-Boas despite their rocky start.

“The start of the season is in the past,” added Lloris. “The coach and I have the same objective, which is to get the team as high as possible. Everything else is behind us.”

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