Tottenham's bid for goalkeeper Gomes falls short

By Jason Burt
Thursday 09 August 2012 02:12

Tottenham Hotspur have bid for PSV Eindhoven's Heurelho Gomes as they continue their search for a first-choice goalkeeper for next season. However, it is understood their offer falls short of the €14m (£11.6m) the Dutch club is demanding for the 27-year-old Brazilian international. PSV say they are standing firm on the fee for Gomes, who has a contract until 2012, even though he has been in dispute with them for several months and has claimed it would be impossible for him to stay. Spurs are also facing stiff competition from Milan who, it appears, are prepared to pay the release fee while Arsenal have also inquired about Gomes.

Spurs appear to have cooled their interest in Espanyol's £5m-rated Carlos Kameni, after initially leading the chase for the Cameroonian, while Lyons yesterday refuted claims that they had agreed terms to sell their goalkeeper Gregory Coupet. The 35-year-old has a £2m release clause in his contract and despite Lyons' denials Spurs are interested.

Spurs, having already allowed Radek Cerny to move to Queen's Park Rangers, are hoping to off-load Paul Robinson this summer. So far there has not been a great deal of interest in the England goalkeeper with Middlesbrough, one of the clubs he has been offered to, ruling themselves out despite Mark Schwarzer leaving for Fulham.

A move for Robinson to Aston Villa, in the market for a goalkeeper after deciding not to pay the £10m demanded by Liverpool for Scott Carson, is the most likely option although they, too, are interested in Kameni.

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, meanwhile, has accused Portsmouth's Lassana Diarra of leaving the club because he lacked patience and panicked following his move from Chelsea last season. "I bought Diarra in the summer because I thought [Mathieu] Flamini might leave at the end of the season," said Wenger. "If he was able to be patient, he would have got his chance. It turned out he wasn't capable of that. With Euro 2008 in mind, he panicked. He couldn't cope with the situation, and also did not want to go on loan."

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