DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 11: Hugo Lloris of France in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between France and England at Donbass Arena on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Here's our good friends at the Daily Mail in a nutshell. In a story about Luka Modric potentially moving to Real Madrid a few days ago, they also mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur had backed out of a potential deal for Hugo Lloris. I ignored that part of their article, because we didn't actually have any evidence that Spurs were negotiating a Lloris deal. Now the Mail are right back on the Lloris-to-Spurs bandwagon! Funny how that happens. They're reporting that we've 'stepped up our pursuit' of the Lyon keeper.
Currently, they're not alone in this reporting, though it's not like they're being joined by anyone who is considerably more reputable. The Daily Mirror is also reporting that Spurs are in for Lloris, and they're taking things a step further than the Mail, going so far as to claim that Daniel Levy has entered negotiations for his transfer.
This is a real line in the Mirror report, emphasis mine.
Arsenal decided not to pursue their own interest in Lloris because of a combination of that pricetag and doubts over whether he could handle the physical nature of the Premier League.
Yes, I'm sure that Arsenal, who regularly sign players from Ligue 1 with considerably less (if not zero) experience in international football and the UEFA Champions League, are concerned about Hugo Lloris' ability to handle the physical nature of the Premier League. Absolutely ridiculous.
These rumors still aren't anything more than fun speculation, but as I've discussed before, they're not unrealistic. There isn't a bigger club than Tottenham that needs a new starting keeper at the moment, and Lyon won't be playing in Champions League this season. Lloris would be a brilliant signing, and I also think he'd be a realistic signing, but we have no clue whether or not Levy's actually picked up the phone and had a word with Lyon at all.