Hugo Lloris says Tottenham came close to signing his former Lyon team-mate Lisandro Lopez in the January transfer window.

Tottenham were on the hunt for a new striker in the winter window and reportedly made an offer to take Lisandro on loan on deadline day, which Lyon rejected.

Spurs go up against Lyon in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday, and Lisandro has been named as part of the 22-man squad travelling to London for the game at White Hart Lane.

Speaking ahead of the game against his former side, Lloris, who joined Spurs in the summer in a deal worth around £12 million, revealed that the Argentinian 'almost' joined Spurs.

"Lisandro? It seems he almost joined Tottenham," he told L'Equipe.

"He is a great player, charismatic and one who has given a lot to Lyon.

"He is a top player, who works hard for the team and can win matches. He is a player that deserves the best."

Lloris has established himself at Tottenham's number one in recent months, but struggled for game time upon his arrival in London with rival Brad Friedel ahead of him in manager Andre Villas-Boas' thoughts.

However the 26-year-old says he is happy at White Hart Lane and has moved on from the early-season controversy.

"The start of the season is in the past," he said. "The coach and I have the same objective, which is to get the team as high as possible. Everything else is behind us."

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