Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Hugo Lloris transfer gets personal as Tottenham 'accuse Arsenal of fake bid'

Tottenham's tug-of-war over Hugo Lloris with bitter rivals Arsenal has taken a new twist, after it was reported Spurs believe the Gunners made a disingenuous bid for the goalkeeper in order to push up his price.

 Spurs have been long-term admirers of the French no.1, while Arsenal were attributed with an interest last month.

 Such a move would have suited the Ligue 1 outfit as they seek £16million for their wantaway keeper, which is £3million more than Spurs are willing to offer.

 However, French weekly sports newspaper Le 10 Sport, claim Spurs are now suggesting the leaked Gunners 'interest' was part of a ploy set-up between Arsene Wenger and Lyon manager Remi Garde, who played under the Arsenal boss for three years.

 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is said to be suspicious of the interest shown by Arsenal, who are already fully stocked in goal with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

 Sources at the Emirates told Le 10 Sport that Lloris was never a serious target for Wenger.

 The Frenchman is said to have doubts over the 25-year-old's ability to cope with the physical nature of Premier League football.

 Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas, meanwhile, has said that no official offers have been made for Lloris. ‘I will see Hugo when I arrive in New York on Thursday and we will take a definitive decision [on his future] the day after the Champions Trophy [on Saturday],’ Aulas told reporters.


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