A transfer report has sparked fresh debate amongst the Tottenham Hotspur fanbase this week.
According to Tuttosport, which has been relayed by several accounts on Twitter, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho sees Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as a priority in the summer.
Soccer Link have also claimed that the Ligue 1 ace has been offered to the north London outfit.
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This backs up previous reports that emerged in May, linking the shot-stopper with a move to north London (as per La Voix du Nord via Sport Witness).
And there are plenty of supporters who would like to see the Frenchman replace his fellow countryman, Hugo Lloris.
Would be a brilliant successor to Hugo
— Aamir. (@YKAamz) June 3, 2020
Good, this squad needs more competition in pretty much every area of the pitch!
— Saucessoko (@saucessoko) June 3, 2020
— jogender dhankhar (@jogidhankhar) June 3, 2020
I’m here for this 100%
— Jamie ⚪️ (@LilyWhiteSZN) June 3, 2020
I’d like this very much https://t.co/zV8mbUxeZK
— Joe (@JBlincoTHFC) June 3, 2020
Hmmmmm, so Spurs drop a tweet hinting at Kane as captain, maybe this will happen then and this is just the first step of phasing out Hugo 😬👀 https://t.co/AkQxcbTLW3
— H x (@WoahWoahSissoko) June 4, 2020
Very good GK. Much better than Ajax’ GK.
— gerddk (@gerd0602) June 3, 2020
I think it’s a good plan if true. Already got a lot of experience is a quality keeper and can learn a bit from Lloris before he leaves or retires spurs
— Nathan Lord (@NathanL67927613) June 3, 2020
The black Ter Stegen 👌🏾
— Mar10LG² (@Mar10LG2) June 4, 2020
The 24-year-old has been Lille’s first-choice glovesman this campaign, playing in a total of 37 matches in all competitions, where he has helped keep 13 clean sheets, via Transfermarkt.
Meanwhile, Lloris’ season has been a struggle through both inconsistent performances, which has led to the odd clanger as seen against the likes of Southampton, Brighton and Villa whilst injuries haven’t helped his cause either.
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Which might be why some are absolutely desperate for an upgrade between the sticks this summer.
The 33-year-old veteran has played just 18 times this term, keeping only two clean sheets.
Lloris shouldn’t be ‘gradually phased’ out, he should be binned ASAP if this club has ambition.
— aF☝️ (@AntiFootballHQ) June 3, 2020
Too right. Liability
— Bruce G™ Esq. (@bruceg87) June 3, 2020
However, not all of the Spurs faithful were particularly keen on Maignan whilst some simply played down the report completely.
One fan even suggested that the Lille man was worse than Lloris, quite a bold claim with Spurs currently ranking tied-worst for goals conceded in the Premier League’s top ten.
Maignan is worse than Hugo 😬
— Settings and Privacy (@________78____) June 3, 2020
Literally no chance whatsoever of happening. We have very limited funds, you think we are going to use them on a backup keeper..? Pointless even posting it
— Tom (@Tom39862378) June 3, 2020
We are not signing him man. We’re sticking to Lloris this season.
— Shamit (@SHAMITTHFC) June 3, 2020
What a joke 😬 It’s really sad if rumors are true
— Alex Schwab (@Alexspurs92) June 3, 2020
It remains to be seen whether the interest in the Ligue 1 keeper is legitimate, but evidently, his arrival would cause a bit of a divide amongst the Spurs faithful.
Lloris will need to be replaced at some point, and there’s little to suggest that Paulo Gazzaniga is ready for a regular starting berth, so Mourinho could do little wrong in bolstering his goalkeeping department this summer.
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