Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, March 24.
United line up shock Lloris move
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris could be summer target for Premier League rivals Manchester United, according to L’Equipe.
Lloris is a free agent in 2022 and with no immediate sign of a new contract on the horizon it’s looking increasingly likely this could be his last season at the club having arrived in 2012 from Lyon.
If Spurs are unwilling to offer the 2016 World Cup winner a new deal and/or Lloris wants to move for a new opportunity, with Paris Saint-Germain also linked, then chairman Daniel Levy will surely look to cash in this coming transfer window.
L’Equipe report that David De Gea is considering his options at United with Dean Henderson emerging as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferential No1 and if the Spaniard leaves that puts United in the market for a new goalkeeper.
Lloris’ Premier League experience makes him an ideal candidate to step in and compete with Henderson for the No1 spot, but whether the 34-year-old would be happy not to be signed as a definitive first choice remains to be seen.
Earlier this year, with his opportunities at Old Trafford then limited, Henderson was linked with Spurs as a possible successor to Lloris should a mutual agreement be made to sanction his north London departure this summer.
Mourinho hails ‘team player’ Davies
Jose Mourinho has sent Tottenham defender Ben Davies a message of support after he sustained an injury which has now ruled him out of international fixtures for Wales.
Davies had, along with Spurs teammates Gareth Bale and Joe Rodon, reported for duty with his country but has since pulled out with what has been described as a ‘significant’ injury.
As the official Tottenham Instagram account announced the news, manager Mourinho took the unusual step of publicly responding to praise Davies for his efforts for his club in recent matches.
He wrote: “When a player plays injured to help his team to recover from two bad defeats, this can hapen [sic]. A man, team player.” and added a ‘thumbs up’ emoji.
Davies was on the field for 33 minutes in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday having played the full 120 minutes in the Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last Thursday.
Bale set for Madrid return
Gareth Bale has stated he expects to return to Real Madrid when his season-long loan at Tottenham expires at the end of the season.
Bale returned to Spurs last September and after a first-half to the season where he barely featured due to injury concerns and overall match fitness, has since become an integral and influential player for Jose Mourinho.
As previously reported by football.london, Tottenham do have the option of signing Bale on loan again for next season, under the same financial terms, but whether or not they will is unclear.
Speaking while on international duty with Wales, Bale said: “The original plan was to do a season at Spurs and after the Euros still have a year left at Real Madrid.
“My plan is to go back, that’s as far I have planned.”