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Hugo Lloris could depart Tottenham Hotspur for Champions League football

Tottenham's French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, could be heading for greener pastures this summer.

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Recently, news has begun to circulate that Hugo Lloris, French nation team Captain and Tottenham Hotspur's number one, may be seeking a move away from Spurs in order to obtain Champions League football. This news won't come as a shock to most Spurs fans. It's a saga the club has endured repeatedly in the Premier League era. There was Michael Carrick, then Dimitar Berbatov, then Luka Modric, then Gareth Bale. Lloris appears to be next on the list.

The Guardian's David Hytner, who was pretty plugged in to the Gareth Bale stuff a couple of summers ago, writes that, Lloris finds his career at a crossroads and that he is seeking to get back to the Champions League, where he played four times for Lyon.

The goalkeeper market is going to be a weird one this summer. The big names that are potential available include Hugo Lloris, Petr Cech, and most interestingly David De Gea. A potential move by De Gea might be the domino that needs to fall in order to facilitate a Lloris move. De Gea seems like Real Madrid's likely target, but if negotiations for the Spanish number on drag on Madrid could turn to Lloris. Of course, coming late to the negotiating table with Daniel Levy is never a recipe for success and usually results in teams overpaying.

If Lloris does move, there are plenty of interesting names out there that Spurs could pick up for reasonable prices. Salvatore Sirigu could find himself out of a job if PSG bring in Cech. Asmir Begovic heads a fairly tame Premier League contingent. Samir Handanovic is probably the best case scenario for Spurs, but there are still plenty of other talented keepers out there like Stephane Ruffier from Saint Etienne, Anthony Lopes from Lyon, Memo Ochoa at Malaga, and, dare I say, Heurelho Gomes at Watford (SHUT UP! He's amazing).

Spurs fans had better buckle up. This looks like it could be another on-going summer saga.