West Ham will surely be fighting a losing battle in the race to sign Pau Lopez this summer, judging by the one time Tottenham’s player’s comments from 2016.
According to a report from Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo, the Hammers and Spurs are both interested in signing the Roma goalkeeper this summer.
The 25-year-old Spaniard has played in the Premier League before. He spent one season with Tottenham during a loan spell with the club in the 2016/17 campaign.
And before moving to north London four years ago, Lopez told Tottenham’s official website that it was his ‘dream’ to join the Lilywhites.
So if that is genuine, West Ham have little chance of signing him.
The other problem for the Hammers, of course, is the small matter of his £36 million price-tag (Estadio Deportivo).
David Moyes is fairly well stocked in the goalkeeping department. The Scot will have Lukasz Fabianski, Darren Randolph, Nathan Trott and Joseph Anang to call upon at the London Stadium next season.
Fabianski’s recent form will be somewhat of a concern for the West Ham management staff, however.
The Polish stopper is 35 now, and there have been slight signs of a decline since he returned from injury.
Mission impossible for the Hammers
But whether Lopez would be a useful addition this summer is debatable.
In 34 games for Roma this season, the 25-year-old has conceded 43 goals. And he has kept just nine clean sheets in the process (Transfermarkt).
£36 million for his services does seem to be rather extortionate.
But that will be a moot point. If Tottenham are truly in the race to sign him, the player will surely opt for a switch to north London, giving that it was his so-called ‘dream’ four years ago.
Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be looking to bring a new goalkeeper to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
Spurs will be struggling just as much as the Hammers financially, however. So they will be relying on Roma to significantly drop their asking price if they are to bring the Spaniard back to N17.