Editor’s note: this article has been updated from the original.
Hey, more news! Can you believe it? Just a half hour ago it looked like Hugo Lloris would either stay at Tottenham Hotspur for the last year of his contract (possibly without a jersey number) or have his contract torn up by mutual consent. Now, according to Gary Jacob of the Times, Newcastle have made an approach to take him on loan for the last year of his Spurs contract.
The article is behind a paywall, but the gist of the article is that Newcastle’s making what we in the transfer rumor business call a SHOCK MOVE — an out of the blue approach at the very last minute. However, there’s no loan fee here and Jacob says that Hugo doesn’t seem very amenable to the move — he’d be behind Nick Pope at Newcastle, and we’ve seen him turn down moves elsewhere on the continent because they wanted him as an experienced backup and not as a first choice keeper.
No idea if this will go anywhere — it seems like Spurs would be happy for him to go anywhere, but Hugo has opinions about his future and may not be up for learning how to speak Geordie in the twilight of his career.
More when we know it.
Update: Hugo has apparently rejected the loan offer from Newcastle.
Hugo Lloris isn't believed to be interested in a move to Newcastle after they made a move to bring him in. https://t.co/cJQQf7rHtk— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) September 1, 2023
UPDATE 2: There’s a new report saying that Nice, Hugo’s hometown club and where he came up through the academy, has made an offer to him. No idea where this goes, but that would certainly be a poetic place for him to end his career — where it began. Nice reportedly tore up the contract of their previous keeper, Kaspar Schmeichel.
Nice trying to sign Hugo Lloris from Tottenham. Offer on the table. Lloris still deciding. @MailSport— Sami Mokbel (@SamiMokbel81_DM) September 1, 2023
UPDATE 3: Not so Nice, I guess.
Hugo Lloris is believed to have said 'non' to the offer from Nice.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) September 1, 2023