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Spurs could leave needy club in lurch with raid on highly-rated €20m star


Tottenham are showing interest in Fenerbahce goalkeeper Altay Bayindir alongside a host of European clubs, a report has claimed.

Goalkeeping has proved one of the departments about which Spurs have not had to worry for some time.

Hugo Lloris, one of the club’s longest-serving players, continues to serve as the club’s undisputed No. 1. However, he will be 35 in December and his contract expires in the summer of 2022.

Spurs brought in Joe Hart for backup alongside Paulo Gazzaniga last summer, but according to Fanatik, the north London club have their eyes on Bayindir.

The 22-year-old signed for Fenerbahce in 2019 and immediately took up the mantle as the club’s first-choice stopper.

Indeed, he played 32 top-flight games, missing only two throughout the season and keeping five clean sheets.

This term, meanwhile, Bayindir has continued his key presence, appearing in all but one league game so far. As such, Fanatik notes that the Turkey-born stopper has made a ‘great contribution’.

What’s more, his form since his move across his home country has attracted the attention of clubs.

Spurs are keen and could pip Ajax to his transfer. Doing so would be a blow to the Dutch giants, who have lost Andre Onana to a year-long doping suspension.

Nevertheless, Lille, Schalke and Werder Bremen are also in the race.

Meanwhile, Enson Haber adds that Fenerbahce would demand €20million (£17.4million) for Bayindir’s sale.

The goalkeeper’s contract runs out in the summer of 2023.

Spurs facing Mourinho sack problem

Elsewhere, Spurs are supposedly reluctant to make a decision on Jose Mourinho’s managerial future before the end of the season.

The Portuguese boss is under pressure following his side slipping down the table since before Christmas.

However, as well as the potential of their trophy drought being broken in April, Spurs chiefs have deeper financial concerns about getting rid of Mourinho too soon.

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