Tottenham add Bundesliga star to summer ‘shortlist’

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 11:03 - Joe Williams

Koen Casteels Wolfsburg

Tottenham have added Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels to their “shortlist” to replace Hugo Lloris, according to BILD journalist Christian Falk.

Lloris has come under criticism this season, not least for his “embarrassing” performance in Spurs’ thrilling nine-goal FA Cup fifth round defeat to Everton.

That led to reports that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy could seek out a summer replacement for the Frenchman, with his deal up in the summer of 2022.

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And Falk now claims that Belgium international Casteels is being watched by the Premier League outfit ahead of a possible move.

The 28-year-old has played his whole career in the Bundesliga for former club Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg but he now wants to break into the Belgium starting XI before they head to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Tottenham have been looking at the goalkeeper position. Hugo Lloris is 34, and his contract ends in 2022,” Falk told BILD (via Sport Witness).

“He is not in dispute, but of course, you have to look at it; it could become a focus of attention.

“They (Tottenham) are watching (Casteels), and we know he would like to go to a top club as he would like to recommend himself to have a chance of going to Qatar with the national team.

“Whether a change comes is questionable because he is still tied until 2024, which means he costs a bit of money, but he is, at least, on the shortlist.”


Speaking in February, Danny Mills urged Tottenham to bring in a world-class goalkeeper to replace Lloris.

Mills said: “I know he’s won the World Cup and has been a very, very good goalkeeper but I never thought he was world-class.

“If you want to start winning the Champions League or getting in the top four you need a world-class goalkeeper.

“There are very few teams that have won the Premier League or Champions League without a very good goalkeeper and I’m talking exceptional.

“His mistakes aren’t howlers, they’re not glaring errors but you look at it and go ‘I think he could have done better in that scenario’.

“That’s what it is. When you haven’t got an incredible defence in front of you it just puts everybody on edge.

“The goalkeeper is thinking ‘I can’t trust the defenders’ and the defenders are thinking ‘I cannot trust the goalkeeper’. All of a sudden it causes a little bit of indecisiveness.”


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