Tottenham Hotspur are set to sign on-loan goalkeeper Pau Lopez on a permanent deal from Spanish side Espanyol, according to a report by the newspaper Sport.
The 22-year-old moved to White Hart Lane last August as the club’s third-choice, behind Michel Vorm and undisputed number one, Hugo Lloris.
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Even though he has yet to make a single appearance for the Spurs first-team, manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to spend £6 million on the Spain under-21 international, activating his buy-out clause.
The 2015-16 season saw Lopez establish himself as Espanyol’s first-choice between the sticks, following the departure of Kiko Casilla to Real Madrid, and went on to keep seven clean sheets in 36 appearances as the Catalan side finished in 13th place in Spain’s La Liga.
After completing his loan switch to the North London side, Lopez spoke of his determination to prove his worth to Pochettino, having been in the youth team during the Argentine’s three-year spell as Espanyol manager.
“Mauricio made everything possible, if he wasn’t here, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play here,” the Spaniard told the club’s official website.
“He trusted me when I was a youth player at Espanyol. I’m very grateful to him, now I have to do everything here to earn his trust.”
With less than 18 months remaining on 33-year-old Vorm’s contract with Spurs, Lopez could find opportunities to deputise for Frenchman Lloris easier to come by in the next campaign, with the domestic cups providing him with the most realistic chance of game-time.