Tottenham Hotspur are close to agreeing personal terms with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, according to the Evening Standard.
The Spaniard has been earmarked by Tottenham to become Hugo Lloris’ replacement between the sticks in North London with the veteran expected to leave this summer.
Tottenham and Brentford are yet to reach an agreement on the transfer fee with the Bees holding out for £40million while Spurs are trying to chip away at the valuation in the top of reaching an agreement for a lower amount.
The 27-year-old is out of contract with Thomas Frank’s side at the end of next season yet Brentford appear to be holding firm in ensuring they get the maximum value from the shot-stopper’s potential departure.
Brentford Technical Director Lee Dykes revealed in an interview with The Beautiful Game Podcast earlier this week that they have no issue in replacing Raya, however, it has to be in the best interests of all parties.
They have already completed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Flekken from Bundesliga side Freiburg to bolster their goalkeeping options with question marks still over Raya’s own future.
Hopefully, this is not a drawn-out negotiation and some common ground can be met on the valuation. Brentford are likely looking to be hoping to capitalise on what is expected to be a busy transfer window for goalkeepers and know an asset such as Raya will attract plenty of interest from elsewhere if Spurs are not prepared to pay.
Spurs need a goalkeeper who is comfortable with the ball at his feet to play the style of football Ange Postecoglou demands and Raya fits the bill.