Thursday, 23rd August, 2012
Hugo Lloris should not leave Lyon for Tottenham Hotspur this summer, believes Bernard Laporte, who advises the French giants.
Lloris has been consistently linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but Spurs have not produced an offer which has turned Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas’ head.
That could change when Tottenham receive an influx of funds from selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid, and this is something Laporte accepts, even though he thinks the start of the new Ligue 1 season should rule out an exit for the shot-stopper.
"Where Lloris is concerned, he must remain at Lyon and not go to Tottenham", Laporte told French radio station RMC.
"Of course, until the transfer market closes you never know", conceded the Frenchman.
"If Modric goes to Madrid, something could happen.
"But once the season starts, the departure of Hugo is not sufficiently interesting. He wants to stay at Lyon, unless there is a very important proposal on the table for him and the club.
"The earlier proposal was under our valuation."
It remains to be seen whether Andre Villas-Boas’ men return with an improved offer for Lloris, or whether their attention is diverted elsewhere in the search for a new goalkeeper.