Tottenham receive a reality check in their hunt to sign a new goalkeeper, while Man Utd are quoted £17million for a striker target – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
SPURS GIVEN GOALKEEPER REALITY CHECK
Tottenham will have to pay significantly more than previously thought in their attempts to sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to a report.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is wary that 34-year-old Hugo Lloris’ contract expires next summer. However, the club do not expect to keep the Frenchman and are therefore looking for successors.
The north London club have eyes on Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, who has reportedly become frustrated at his lack of action as No. 2 behind the under-fire David de Gea.
What’s more, Clarets stopper Pope is on their radar. The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Spurs are looking into a £30million deal for the England international.
According to Lancs Live, however, Burnley would look for a fee in the region of £50million for the 28-year-old.
Pope only signed a new contract in 2019, which expires in the summer of 2023. Burnley can also trigger a 12-month extension option in the deal.
What’s more, Pope will be in England’s squad for Euro 2020 if he avoids fitness problems and he has provided fierce competition to Jordan Pickford for the No. 1 spot.
As such, those factors combined mean that Burnley – who are not willing to sell anyway – would only accept a sizeable increase on Spurs’ initial valuation if they did choose to let him go.
Lancs Live adds that Burnley proved their resistance to transfer raids for their top players with James Tarkowski last summer.
The centre-back received numerous bids from West Ham, but Sean Dyche’s side stood firm. As such, Dyche believes that his club’s public image over their best talents has changed.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Manchester United will have to pay £17million if they want to sign Greek striker Christos Tzolis. (The Sun)
But Norwich hold all the cards over Max Aarons‘ future, which could put United off a deal. (Daily Express)
The full-back is not short of suitors, though, with Bayern Munich and Everton keen. (Daily Express)
Promising Inter Milan forward Martin Satriano says that he feels “flattered” at supposed interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. Indeed, he insisted that he would like to move to the Premier League one day. (Daily Mail)
DIER QUESTIONS MOURINHO COMMENTS
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is gearing up to leave Celtic. What’s more, Aston Villa are among the clubs who have entertained links with a move for the Frenchman. (Birmingham Mail)
ALABA WANTS MIDFIELD ROLE
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is taking ballet lessons in a bid to improve his strength and stamina. (The Sun)
On-loan West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard admits that he lacked “focus and concentration” at parent club Manchester United. However, he says he has begun to flourish since moving down south. (The Sun)
FURTHHER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SHAKE-UP PLANS
UEFA are reportedly planning to host the Champions League final in New York to broaden the competition’s appeal. (Daily Mail)
But governing body bosses have told the proposed 12 Euro 2020 hosts that they still expect the tournament to be played across the continent. (The Sun)
Indeed, reports have surfaced that England is likely to be the sole host given the country’s accelerating coronavirus vaccine rollout. (beIN Sports)