Tottenham Hotspur could be making their first summer signing soon. But, if you are expecting it to be a high-profile name or someone to solve our problem areas, you are in for a huge disappointment.
Reports from Spanish outlet Football Espana indicate that the Lilywhites are set to complete the signing of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton. The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano before returning to his parent club this summer.
The Argentine joined St. Mary’s from Gillingham in 2012 and made just 23 appearances for the club. His scarce return is because of the towering presence of England international Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with Gazzaniga during his time at St. Mary’s and is interested in getting his countryman (who incidentally hails from his hometown of Murphy in Santa Fe) to Tottenham, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Pochettino has Hugo Lloris as his unquestionable number one in the goal. Then, of course, there is the experienced Michel Vorm as Lloris’ deputy. However, goalkeeper Pau Lopez has not extended his stay with the club and returned to Espanyol this summer. Also, Luke McGee has moved to Portsmouth leaving the third-choice goalkeeper position vacant.
That would be interesting because Gazzaniga would not want to join Spurs as a third-choice unless he sees himself climbing up the ladder real soon. That’s a question mark because his quality at Southampton wasn’t top notch, although he got very few opportunities to prove himself.
It has been a frustrating summer for the club’s fans, having seen competitors strengthen their squad and Spurs still searching for the first signing. The departure of Kyle Walker and the injury to Kieran Trippier has left us a defender short ahead of the season opener and if anything, we should be signing a full-back.
Also, there are question marks over the position for our back-up striker. Gazzaniga is definitely not going to improve Spurs’ squad and if he signs for the club, he would only end up being a mascot of our transfer failures this summer.