DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Hugo Lloris of France looks dejected during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Every website published in French on the internet is running with this report, so I might as well do it too! According to L'Equipe, Hugo Lloris has asked Olympique Lyonnais to negotiate with Tottenham Hotspur about a transfer. If you do a fun little Google News search for Hugo Lloris, you will find eleventy billion other websites citing this report. Here's the original, in French.
Hugo Lloris, le portier de l'équipe de France, est très demandé. Outre Arsenal, Tottenham s'intéresse au gardien de Lyon. Selon nos informations, le joueur de 25 ans a donné son accord aux Spurs pour négocier son transfert avec l'OL.
That claims that Lloris has agreed to negotiate a move from Lyon to Spurs. The report also goes on to say that he is under contract until 2015, and that Lyon will demand a fee of €20m.
If you're wondering why you see Arsenal there, it's because they're supposedly interested as well. Why they'd diss Wojciech Szczesny after a solid first season in goal, I have no idea. Considering Szczesny's potential, Arsene Wenger's loyalty to his young players and his reluctance to spend big, I don't expect Arsenal to actually compete with us over Lloris, if these rumors are true.
Of course, we don't know if these rumors are true. L'Equipe is less of an embarrassing rumor-mongering tabloid than most rumor-mongering tabloids, but we're not talking about the BBC here. There's a decent chance that this is false, but there's enough smoke showing up here that I'm starting to wonder if there's fire.