Tottenham Hotspur have had their plans for a new goalkeeper rocked, following a gentleman's agreement for a new man between the sticks.
The Lilywhites have had a problem in goal all season, with 35-year-old Hugo Lloris seemingly waning in form during the second half of the season. The World Cup winner's declining form culminated in the 6-1 loss to Newcastle United in which Lloris was brought off at half-time – but backup keeper Fraser Forster is actually a year older than the No.1.
Now, transfer expert Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports says that there could have been a deal in place for a high-profile English goalkeeper – only for plans to change with the outcome of the Premier League table.
"The goalkeeping position is important because they need a succession plan for Hugo Lloris," Jacobs told FFT in June. "The bad news is that one of their primary targets was Jordan Pickford, who would have been available if Everton had gone down.
"He has only recently signed a new deal but there was gentleman’s agreement that he could have left had Everton got relegated: now that he’s stayed up, he’s going to be harder to get.
"There are a few other names on the list for Tottenham and there’s going to be a fair amount of goalkeeper movement. David Raya is one to watch but suitors feel as if Brentford are pricing him out of the market.
"I do expect Tottenham to move on the goalkeeper front."
Pickford was also believed to be of interest to Manchester United this summer – but looks to be staying put now that Everton have confirmed Premier League survival.
The England No.1 is valued to be worth €25 million by Transfermarkt.
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There are worries, however, that along with Harry Kane leaving for Manchester United, Dejan Kulusevski might not stay a Lilywhites player this summer.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.