• Premier League

No Spurs bid for Lloris, say Lyon

ESPN staff
July 12, 2012

Lyon have not received any bids for their France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, a reported Tottenham target, their chairman has said.

Jean-Michel Aulas set a Monday deadline for interested parties to come forward with offers and said the 25-year-old would be staying put if nobody submitted a bid by then. Lyon are reported to want a fee of around £16 million.

"There is no official offer for Hugo Lloris," Aulas told L'Equipe. "If it is not sorted out on Monday, he will stay and everyone will be happy."

Reports say new Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to bring Lloris, who captained France as they reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2012, to White Hart Lane.

The club's current first-choice keeper, former USA international Brad Friedel, insisted on Wednesday that he would welcome the addition of Lloris despite the threat that would pose to his place.

"We will welcome any good addition to the squad," Friedel said. "When I first signed here, there was no secret Tottenham would one day need a new long-term goalkeeper. I am 41 - this could be my final season.

"I will do whatever asked of me, whether that is No. 1, two or three, and will do it to the best of my ability. When you get older, it is easier to realise this is a team sport and the egos have to take a back seat if you want to be successful."

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