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Hugo Lloris admits Tottenham departure is possible

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted for the first time that he could leave White Hart Lane in the summer.

The French international is said to be keen on leaving White Hart Lane in the summer in search of Champions League football.

He joined Spurs from Lyon in 2013 but is yet to feature in European football's top club competition for the north London club and is now reportedly hoping to spend his prime years playing for one of the continent's top sides.

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Manchester United have been suggested as a potential destination for 28-year-old if David de Gea leaves. The Spaniard, who only has a year left on his current contract, has so far refused to sign a new contract with the Red Devils worth a reported £200,000-per-week amidst reported interest from Real Madrid.

Lloris, who signed a five year contract with Tottenham last year, admitted that now the Premier League season is over he is pondering his future. He told L'Equipe: "We do not know what can happen. There is one important thing: there is a time to think about yourself - but when that time is over and the season starts, you are fully involved in the club's project."

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The 28-year-old also confirmed that he does not have a buy-out clause in his contract which will make Manchester United's pursuit all the more difficult. "Honestly, that's a question for the club," he explained when asked about the existence of a clause. "Nobody told me how much I am worth and I do not try to find out."

Move

Tottenham landed Michel Vorm as a back-up from Swansea last summer, while Manchester United signed former goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract in the January transfer window. 

The Spaniard made just two Premier League appearances at the tail-end of this season, and while boss Louis van Gaal is said to be keen on a move for Lloris, the potential cost of a deal may force him to rely on the 33-year-old for the foreseeable future.

Before then however the Red Devils will do all they can to block De Gea from leaving. Reports in Spain have claimed that the former Atletico Madrid man has agreed terms with Los Blancos, although Van Gaal insisted after the club's final game of the season against Hull that he believes 'De Gea will stay'.

Opinion

Hugo Lloris is the perfect replacement for De Gea should the Spaniard leave, but football is rarely that neat and tidy. The length of Lloris' contract and the fact that Levy would demand a top price will likely scare off Manchester United, who may be forced to rely on Valdes for the short-term at least.

The Red Devils have also struggled to deal with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy in the past and won't rush back to the negotiating table in a hurry. They do have some alternative targets in Ajax's Jasper Cillessen and Petr Cech from Chelsea but as it stands Valdes is Manchester United's most likely number one next season.

Who do you think is the better 'keeper - Cech, De Gea or Lloris?

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