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Lyon hopeful of keeping Lloris

Spurs have targeted the French goalkeeper as a long-term replacement for veteran Brad Friedel, but the president of the Ligue 1 side says it is determined not to sell.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says the club is hoping to hold on to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Several media sources had recently claimed that Tottenham was close to agreeing a deal for the French international, and Arsenal had also been linked with a bid. But Aulas says that no firm offer had been made by Andre Villas-Boas' side, and that unless Lloris is determined to leave, the club have no intention of selling him.

"Tottenham made contact through [Lloris'] agent but there has been no concrete offer since," Aulas explained. "I don't think they really want him, but we really want to keep him.

"He will stay at Lyon unless he absolutely wants to go. The best present we can give to the fans is finding a way to keep him. We will try to do just that."

Reports claim that Tottenham had a 10 million pound bid for Lloris rejected recently, and was prepared to pay up to 12m pound to secure his signature as a long term replacement for 41-year-old Brad Friedel.

However, Lyon would not negotiate down from its 16 million pound asking price, and after playing in the French Super Cup against Montpellier on Saturday Lloris could be set to stay put.

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