Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on Dean Henderson as one of their ideal candidates to replace Hugo Lloris this summer.

According to an exclusive report from The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur have kickstarted their search for a long-term successor Hugo Lloris. The current number one is expected to leave the club in the summer, leaving the Lilywhites devoid of a proper first-choice goalkeeping option.

The report suggests that Tottenham are only looking for English options, meaning all of the three current ‘keepers of the England squad in Dean Henderson, Nick Pope and Sam Johnstone have emerged as potential targets, with the former definitely being the pick of the options.

A goalkeeper par excellence during his time at Sheffield United, should Dean Henderson return to Bramall Lane on a temporary basis once again? (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Dean Henderson hasn’t featured on a regular basis since his successful time with the Blades. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The Manchester United goalkeeper has had a roller-coaster of a campaign, for the most part, having failed to get the nod ahead of David de Gea. That has changed in recent weeks, though, with the Englishman starting in all of United’s last three Premier League matches, keeping clean sheets in each of those matches.

Henderson’s performances in between the sticks were also influential in helping the Red Devils defeat AC Milan in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League earlier this month. It has now forced United to consider a potential sale for de Gea, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer contemplating on a change of scenery in between the sticks next season.

The Spaniard should have no shortage of suitors, should the club offloads him in the summer while recent speculations linking the young Tony Savin to a switch to Old Trafford, most likely as a number two for Henderson, further fuels the prospect of the goalkeeper’s big-money departure from Manchester United in the summer.

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It does not bode well for Tottenham Hotspur, however, knowing Henderson should have no problems remaining at Old Trafford if the club offers him the number one spot next season. United themselves are unlikely to offload their prized asset to a direct rival, thus making the Englishman quite an unrealistic target for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician, therefore, may have to shift his attention towards the two other alternatives. Nick Pope, for one, is certainly an interesting option, although the Burnley man has been reportedly linked with a move to Manchester United this year, making this whole transfer saga all the more complicated and exciting.

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