Tottenham news: Hugo Lloris to miss one month with hamstring injury with Erik Lamela contract talks on hold
Tottenham Hotspur will be without captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for the next four weeks.
Lloris limped out of Spurs’ opening-day draw at Goodison Park, and scans and confirmed that damage to his left hamstring will keep him out for a month. That will rule Lloris out for two crucial home league games: Crystal Palace on Saturday 20 August and then Liverpool on Saturday 27.
Lloris will not return until after international break, and is targeting the trip to Stoke City on Saturday 10 September, or Spurs’ first Champions League match, later that week, for his comeback. Michel Vorm will fill in until then.
While Spurs are in currently locked in contract talks with Christian Eriksen, they are in less of a rush to secure the long-term future of Erik Lamela. The Argentine midfielder is Spurs’ all-time record signing, arriving along with Eriksen in the summer of 2013.
Lamela was initially thought, like Eriksen, to have signed a five-year deal that would expire in the summer of 2018, less than two years away. But The Independent has learned that Lamela’s Tottenham future is in fact secured until 2019. His initial four-year deal had two option years which have been activated.
Tottenham Hotspur summer transfer targets
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou (Marseilles)
French winger, a pacy, talented dribbler who is comfortable on either foot. Has been closing in on a move to White Hart Lane all week, with the 21-year-old’s switch seemingly held up by ongoing complications with Clinton Njie moving the other way. Only spent one year at the Stade Velodrome but was included in Uefa’s Best player in Europe poll for last season and caught the eye of the London side when they were scouting former target Michy Batshuayi, who has since joined Chelsea.
Mauro Icardi (Internazionale)
Argentine forward has spent three prolific years at Internazionale and could further ease the striking burden on Harry Kane, following the recent arrival at Spurs of Vincent Janssen. The Serie A top scorer of two seasons ago would link up with fellow Argentines Mauricio Pochettino, Federico Fazio and Erik Lamela in north London, although he would not come cheap and Arsenal are also vying for his signature.
Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar)
Icelandic centre-back shot to prominence when scoring against England at Euro 2016 last month. Also chased by Leicester and Liverpool – whom the centre-back supports-, the 30-year-old would only ever be back-up to the preferred trio of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer but could offer a relatively cheap back-up for Spurs’ Cup matches. Has spoken of his wish to leave Russia after impressing at the Euros.
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)
French powerhouse has made no secret of his desire to leave the relegated Magpies, with Arsenal and Liverpool among the other clubs linked with a move. Can appear unbeatable on his day, as was the case against Tottenham on the final day of last season and in patches of the Euro 2016 final, but those days are few and far between most of the time. Could command a fee in excess of £30m, with Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Real Madrid also mentioned.
Jonas Hector (Cologne)
German left-back impressed at the Euros as his side made the semi-finals, with Barcelona and, surprise surprise, Liverpool also linked. The Catalan side’s purchasing of Lucas Digne earlier this month could enhance the chances of Hector moving to the Premier League, with £15m likely to be enough. Equally at home in defensive midfield, his size also poses a threat at set-pieces and on counter-attacks, a style suited to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.
Cristian Tello (Barcelona)
Spanish forward has failed to settle at the Nou Camp and has spent loan spells at Porto and Fiorentina. Worked with Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino at previous club Espanyol and could link up with the Argentine again to bolster the London club’s attacking options. Pacy and also an option on the wings, Tello would provide a foil for the more central Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane. His agent was reported to have flown to London for talks with Spurs last week.
Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund)
With some many new arrivals at the Westfalenstadion this summer, some players will have to leave to make room for them, and the centre-back has reportedly been the subject of a £12m bid from Spurs, with Arsenal and West Ham observing developments. Unlikely to go straight into the Spurs starting line-up, but would provide experienced back-up as the London side prepare for their return to Champions League exertions.
Roberto Pereyra (Juventus)
Argentine playmaker, 25, who is also being watched by Watford and West Ham. Hard running and can play on the wing, in the middle or up front. Began his career at River Plate. A £15m bid for the playmaker could seal the deal for Spurs, who has struggled to establish himself in Turin but would offer competition for places. Tottenham’s forthcoming Champions League campaign is said to have turned his head, above a move to the Hammers.
This means that Lamela is signed up for another three years at White Hart Lane, removing the pressure for any imminent renegotiations. The club are expected to begin talks with Lamela over a new long-term deal later this season.
Lamela has developed under Mauricio Pochettino into a player who has justified the £26million that Spurs paid Roma for him three years ago. Although he was nearly sold back to Italy, then nearly loaned to Marseille, at the end of the transfer window last August, he went on to have an excellent season. By the end of last season Lamela was in Spurs’ certain first eleven for the first time in his career, and he scored their equaliser at Goodison Park on Saturday.