Tottenham Hotspur offered Miguel Lopes on loan

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Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to sign Portuguese defender Miguel Lopes on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

According to The Daily Mail, Spurs have been told they can sign the Sporting Lisbon defender on a season-long loan as new boss Mauricio Pochettino tries to bolster his squad.

Having spent last season on loan at Lyon, Lopes has found himself surplus to requirements under the club's new manager Marco Silva and he could be set to swap Lisbon for London.

Reports suggest a number of clubs had been keen to sign the Portuguese international but Spurs have won the race due to their ability, and willingness, to match his high wage demands.

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Should Lopes complete a switch to White Hart Lane he'll become the third new addition of the Pochettino era following the arrivals of Swansea pair Michel Vorm and Ben Davies.

It's unlikely Lopes will be the last signing though, with Southampton pair Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin on the verge of linking up with their former boss.

That would still leave Pochettino with some catching up to do should he wish to match last summer's haul of seven new arrivals.

However, more important than the number of new faces is the quality, and Pochettino will be keen for Lopes and co to have more of an impact than some of last year's additions such as Etienne Capoue and Erik Lamela.

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Defensive competition

Lopes is likely to compete with England international Kyle Walker for the right-back spot, and that could signal the end of Kyle Naughton's White Hart Lane career.

The 25-year-old had provided reliable cover while Walker was absent through injury, and the same Mail report claims the Swans are keen to bring in the former England under-21 international.

Despite primarily being a right-back, Lopes is equally comfortable plying his trade on the left, meaning he could also fight it out with fellow new boy Davies for a starting birth.

However, Tottenham are already overloaded with left-backs with Danny Rose, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Zeki Fryers all providing options for Pochettino.

Elsewhere in the squad, centre-backs Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches have also filled in on the left when needed.

Portuguese ambition

Despite facing a battle to make the starting eleven, Lopes will hope a spell at White Hart Lane could help him add to his four international caps.

In 2012 his versatility saw him win a place in Paulo Bento's squad for the European Championships, though he failed to make an appearance with João Pereira being preferred.

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