Tottenham held an interest in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya before being put off by his price tag, according to The Athletic.

Over the weekend, Spurs announced the loan signing of Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who has a clause to join permanently if he makes enough appearances this season.

But it is believed the Londoners explored other possibilities before going through with the Gollini deal.

The Athletic claims Raya – who achieved promotion to the Premier League with Brentford last term – was a target for Tottenham but proved to be ‘prohibitively expensive’.

It makes sense that Spurs would go for a cheaper deal given that they have been attempting to sign a back-up goalkeeper, not a new first-choice stopper.

Hugo Lloris is expected to remain between the sticks in Premier League games for one more season, until his current contract expires.

Perhaps then Tottenham will target a long-term replacement for the Frenchman, or maybe Gollini will prove himself to be a worthy successor when given the opportunity.



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