Tottenham are reportedly closing in on the signing of Bernd Leno, but they have just a matter of days to secure a bargain deal for the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper.
Leno has a £12.5million get-out clause in his contract, but it expires on April 30, leaving Spurs facing a race to beat the clock if they are to get Germany's no.2. on the cheap.
According to The Sun, Mauricio Pochettino is keen on signing the 24-year-old.
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However, it is not entirely clear why the Lilywhites are interested in spending the money at all, as Leno would only be backup for Hugo Lloris
However, captain Lloris has been linked with a move to Manchester United if David de Gea leaves.
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That could be at the back of Spurs' mind as they look at other options.
If Lloris stays, then the move for Leno puts his current understudy Michel Vorm's future at the club in severe doubt.
Vorm has played just once in the Premier League this season, in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on the opening day, but he featured more prominently in Spurs' Europa League campaign.
Competition from Liverpool
France international Lloris is more likely to be at White Hart Lane next season now that they have all but guaranteed qualification for the Champions League, but he is believed to be waiting to see whether Pochettino stays.
Spurs are far from guaranteed to sign Leno regardless, as Liverpool are also linked with a move for the stopper, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could therefore be pivotal in luring him to Anfield. He knows the Bundesliga well from his time as Borussia Dortmund boss, and it is expected to be one of his main scouting grounds this summer as he looks to make the Liverpool squad his own.
Leno, who is perhaps the next best thing to Manuel Neuer, would be less of a surprise move for Liverpool, as they may be hoping to replace the erratic Simon Mignolet.
But if Spurs need to strengthen in any area, it is not between the sticks, which does raise the possibility that one of their current goalkeepers could be heading for the exit.
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