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Report: Spurs have scouted 28-year-old often this season, he could replace first teamer this summer

Sam Preston March 25, 2021
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Tottenham have scouted Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels extensively this season with a view to replacing Hugo Lloris in the summer.

The Daily Mail report that Burnley stopper Nick Pope remains Tottenham’s first choice option.

But he is apparently valued at £30 million, which is a figure Spurs are not sure they’ll be able to match in the summer.

28-year-old Belgian international Casteels is seen as a potentially cheaper option.

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Casteels turns out for Wolfsburg, and has been one of their best performers this season as they mount a European challenge.

Spurs are not the most lavish in terms of their transfer spending and the pandemic has only exacerbated that.

Lloris’ contract runs out at the end of next season and that means his future will be on the agenda in the summer.

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If he doesn’t sign an extension, the forthcoming window will represent one of only two chances for Spurs to recoup a transfer fee for him.

Casteels is experienced and reliable, like Pope, but obviously lacks Premier League knowhow.

Will Spurs stump up the cash to get their first choice or will Casteels come into the frame? Only time will tell.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.