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Spurs’ expected first transfer arrival of the summer couldn’t get on Southampton’s bench last season

Paulo Gazzaniga was loaned out to the Spanish second tier after struggling to break into Southampton's first-team

Danny Rose told Spurs to go out and sign a couple of players that he didn’t ‘have to Google’.

Well, Danny, the good news is that you probably won’t have to Google your new team-mate. You might have to Yahoo him though.

Spurs are closing in on the signing of goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton, according to various reports.


A man who’s going to be getting very used to Spurs’ bench

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A man who’s going to be getting very used to Spurs’ bench

His name may well be familiar to a few hardy Southampton fans out there, although he’s scarcely been seen on the pitch since signing from Gillingham in 2012.

Gazzaniga played nine Premier League games in his first season but that dropped down to eight the following campaign, and then two in each of the next.

Last season the Argentinian was loaned out to Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second tier, playing 22 times.

What happened next?

What happened next?

Gazzaniga hails from the same Argentinian town, Murphy, as Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, although he was signed by former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins.

But why would Spurs want to sign a player who couldn’t even get on Southampton’s bench last season?

Spurs lost previous third-choice goalkeeper Pau Lopez after the Spaniard returned to Espanyol.

When you finally get that first deal of the summer over the line

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When you finally get that first deal of the summer over the line

So Gazzaniga will come in to provide competition for Michel Vorm, who in turn provides competition for Hugo Lloris.

It’s a hard job, but somebody has got to do it.

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