Tottenham fans are split on whether Burnley’s Nick Pope would be a suitable replacement for Hugo Lloris, should the Frenchman leave this summer.
According to The Daily Star, Spurs are interested in Pope this summer and could compete with Manchester United for the Burnley star, should Lloris leave as has been tentatively suggested.
Lloris is 34 and is in the final 18 months of his current contract. He has been linked with a move back to France and Paris Saint-Germain, where he would be reunited with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Should Lloris leave in the summer, with that being Spurs’ last opportunity to recoup a fee for the veteran shot-stopper, the club will need to find a replacement.
Pope, who is currently fighting for England’s number one shirt ahead of the summer’s European Championships, has been linked with a move, but Spurs fans are split on whether he would be a smart acquisition or not.
One fan said: “Dear @SpursOfficial, please sign Nick Pope as a matter of urgency. Thank you.”
Another also urged the club to make the move after Pope’s excellent individual performance against Arsenal last weekend in which he held the Gunners to just one goal despite Mikel Arteta’s side creating a raft of good opportunities.
“Nick Pope proving why he needs to be at Spurs next season,” they said.
However, Pope is universally seen as the ideal candidate to replace Lloris. “I don’t think Nick Pope is quite right for Spurs although he is a good shot-stopper,” one fan argued.
“Overall he looks like a goalkeeper who existed when you could pick up back passes. I think we need a younger goalkeeper who doesn’t just wait to be shot at.”
More positively, another fan said: “Not confident with Hugo in goal doesn’t command his area and always stands on goal-line. Hope we go for Nick Pope in the next window.”
You can read the full fan reaction to Spurs’ links with Pope below:
Spurs have also been linked with Southampton defender Jannick Vestergaard, with The Mirror reporting that Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the towering centre-half.
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Vestergaard has impressed at the heart of the Saints backline this season, playing calmly under pressure and excelling in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s high-pressing system that can be extremely demanding on centre-backs who are tasked with defending vast spaces.
Vestergaard is also set to enter the final year of his contract and Spurs are said to believe that he could be available on the cheap as a result.
Certainly, adding Vestergaard and Pope would substantially bolster a defence that has underwhelmed at times, despite only conceded 28 goals in 27 Premier League games this season.