Hugo Lloris has suffered a fractured wrist less than a month before the start of the new season, with the Mirror reporting the mishap as a blow for not just Tottenham but Manchester United too.
After a summer of speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford as David de Gea’s replacement, Lloris is 7/4 (from 6/4) to join United before the close of the transfer window.
Despite the red top’s assertions, the bwin layers were unruffled by the news, leaving United a short price in the race to stable the France international on September the 2nd.
The BBC suggest that the custodian could miss the beginning of the 2015/16 campaign thanks to the fracture.
Yet whether the injury would be enough to put United off signing Lloris, one of the few goalkeepers at the peak of their powers the club have been linked with this summer, is debatable.
Even if Victor Valdes were to move on prior to the start of the new campaign, which seems likely after boss Louis van Gaal’s recent criticism of the Spaniard, Anders Lindegaard would be able to keep the number one jersey warm with authority, having duelled De Gea for the honour in 2012/13.
In any case, other news sources, namely L’Equipe in the Tottenham star’s native land, suggest that his layoff could be as short as two weeks.
Tottenham have thus far insisted that the United target is not for sale, having only signed a new five-year contract last summer.
Nonetheless, lengthy agreements have proved no bar to the Lilywhites losing their best players in the past.
Luka Modric left two years into a six-year deal extension, while Gareth Bale joined him at Real Madrid 12 months after inking a four-year elongation.
Lloris has been consistently credited with a desire to play Champions League football, the Guardian reporting as such back in April, while noting his desire to remain in the Premier League.
Earlier this month, meanwhile, L’Equipe reported the 28-year-old was in ‘regular contact’ with United while remaining ‘on standby’ for their deal to sell De Gea to Real to be concluded.