What, you mean you haven’t gotten enough Tottenham Hotspur content today? Well here’s some more news for your eye holes. According to the Evening Standard, Spurs and La Liga side Espanyol have come to an agreement for a season-long loan for goalkeeper Pau Lopez, with an option to purchase at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Tom Collomosse confirms earlier reports we had seen about the loan deal, saying that there is a £500,000 loan fee to Espanyol, and Spurs will cover his wages. The option to buy is for £6m at the end of the season.
If it goes through, the loan for Lopez, a Spain U21 international, would add him to what is already a somewhat crowded goalkeeper corps for Tottenham. Hugo Lloris is currently injured but should return hopefully after the international break. Michel Vorm is currently Spurs’ deputy keeper, with Luke McGee and Tom Glover behind him.
It’s not clear how Lopez would fit into the club hierarchy immediately. There are plenty of matches to go around with Spurs involved in four competitions this fall, so there’s a chance we could see Lopez in an early round cup match or the like.
Moreover, we also don’t know what this means for Vorm and McGee. Four keepers in the first team is a lot, and even with all the match fixtures it’s not hard to see one of McGee or Vorm being sold as soon as January, and possibly earlier.
That said, Mauricio Pochettino reportedly really likes him. Who knows, with keepers not hitting their peak until their late 20s, he’s young enough that he could turn into Tottenham’s future starter.
Lopez will arrive in London and will have a medical with the club this weekend.