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DONE DEAL: Tottenham has signed Raya another step added 



DONE DEAL: Tottenham has signed Raya another step added 

The Spaniard is a firm transfer target for Ange.

Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya amid reports they’re closing in, according to Sky Sports.

Who could join Spurs this summer?
After over a decade of serving as Spurs’ number one shot-stopper, Hugo Lloris could be nearing a north London departure.

By his own admission, this summer could be the end of an era for Lloris, who has made nearly 450 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions since signing from Lyon in 2012.

Speaking to Nice-Matin recently, the 36-year-old admitted that he is seeking a fresh challenge elsewhere.

“We are coming to an important moment, whether for the club or for me. It’s the end of an era,” said Lloris.

“I have desires for other things, I will ask myself quietly to study what will be possible. But I don’t forget that I still have a year of contract with Tottenham and that in football it is always difficult to predict what will happen.”

As a result, the Lilywhites and chairman Daniel Levy are scouring the market for his replacement, leading to links with Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Croatia number one Dominik Lovakovic and Raya.

This comes amid their search for a new centre-back, with Man City’s Aymeric Laporte and Wolves defender Max Kilman being targeted, as well as Leicester City star James Maddison.

In terms of their goalkeeper hunt, there has been an update from Sky Sports on Tottenham’s pursuit of Raya, coming amid reports that personal terms have already been agreed.

According to the broadcast giant, Spurs are currently “leading the chase” for Brentford’s number one, with Man United and Chelsea also in the mix for his signing. However, it is Tottenham seemingly in pole position, though it is believed neither of the interested trio are willing to match Brentford’s £40 million valuation.

Who is David Raya?
Standing out as one of Thoma Frank’s top five best players last season, at least according to WhoScored, Raya also played more league minutes than any of his teammates.

Called “exceptional” by members of the media, like The Telegraph’s Sam Dean, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is also a big fan of the Spaniard.

Speaking back in 2021 after an encounter with Brentford, Klopp raved over Raya’s distribution, even proclaiming he could wear the number 10 shirt.

“The goalkeeper could have the shirt with No 10,” Klopp said.

“He played a few incredible balls but it was the right thing to do against us today.”

Spurs: Ange personally “driving” Maddison move
The Australian wants him in north London.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou is personally “driving” a Spurs move for Leicester City playmaker James Maddison, according to reports.

Who could Spurs sign this summer?
As the transfer window officially opens for business today, the time for a major Spurs rebuild is now upon us, with many players being tipped to potentially leave or come through the door.

Postecoglou’s arrival marks the return of attacking football and a 4-3-3 formation, meaning chairman Daniel Levy must now scour for players who suit his system.

Of the players who could depart N17, there are many, with over 11 players being linked to leaving. Indeed, Hugo Lloris, Ivan Perisic, Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Lenglet, Eric Dier and Ben Davies have all been tipped to potentially exit, while Spurs are also apparently planning to offload Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks (The Telegraph).

Meanwhile, it is believed Postecoglou has green-lit plans to sign a new centre-back, with reports suggesting Spurs are also hunting for a new goalkeeper to succeed Lloris. Maddison, who looks set to leave Leicester following their relegation from the top flight, is a firm transfer target as well.

The Lilywhites, according to reports, are contending with Eddie Howe’s Newcastle for the England international with reliable journalist Nizaar Kinsella of The Evening Standard sharing an update.

According to his information, while the Magpies are confident of beating Spurs to Maddison, Postecoglou is personally “driving” a move to bring him to Hotspur Way.

The Foxes will apparently demand around £45m and he is set to be sold after Leicester’s drop to the Championship, with Spurs targeting a creative playmaker this summer.

Postecoglou has given his green-light to moving for Maddison, but with Newcastle now “frontrunners”, Spurs could face a tougher task of signing him.

Who is James Maddison?
The Three Lions ace was, by some distance, Leicester’s best player last season.

According to WhoScored, he stood out as their best-performing player by average match rating, all whilst totalling an impressive 19 goal contributions in the league alone (10 goals, nine assists).

Maddison also averaged more attempts at goal and key passes made per 90 than any other Leicester player, highlighting why Postecoglou is so keen to bring him to north London.

Journalist Josh Bunting, taking to Twitter last year, heaped praise on the 26-year-old – claiming he can be “unplayable” when at his very best.

Whoever wins the race for Maddison will surely have a real player on their hands.

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