Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly entered the race to sign Liverpool goalkeeper target Karl Darlow from Nottingham Forest during the summer transfer window.
The Daily Mail reports that the north London club's newly appointed manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign a young shot-stopper in order to keep his first choice keeper Hugo Lloris on his toes.
The 27-year-old, who is Tottenham's first choice man between the posts, has been constantly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the recent weeks. Laurent Blanc's side have circled Lloris as their top priority recruit even if it forces the reigning Ligue 1 champions to meet their £20m asking price.
The report also suggests that the club's hierarchy are not willing to allow the French international to leave the club this summer and have rebuffed all offers that were tabled for the former Lyon star.
Lloris has already admitted that he will decide about his future after the World Cup as Tottenham failed to qualify for the Champions League. Should he force a move from White Hart Lane, Pochettino will be left only with veteran Brad Friedel as the experienced goalkeeper.
The 43-year-old signed a one-year extension earlier this week and has agreed to take up an ambassadorial role in the future; meaning he is likely to hang up his boots next year. The former Southampton boss will be keen on guiding his new club to a top four finish in the Premier League next season and wants Darlow to be on his roster.
The Forest's youth academy product broke into their first team last summer under former manager Billy Davies. The 23-year-old made 43 appearances in the Championship maintaining 12 clean sheets in the process during the 2013/14 season.
Liverpool too are believed to be keen on signing Darlow, as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his squad before the start of next season. Pepe Reina's future remains uncertain as he looks poised to return to Merseyside after his season-long loan spell at Napoli.
The 31-year-old is unlikely to play second fiddle to Rodgers' first choice, Simon Mignolet; which could force the Spaniard to leave the Reds in search of first team opportunities.
Despite the availability of Brad Jones, Rodgers wants a reliable backup for the Belgian international and had reportedly earmarked Darlow as the perfect candidate during the January transfer window.
The Northern Irishman is still thought to be interested in signing the Welshman in the upcoming transfer window but could suffer a blow if Tottenham table a genuine offer for the Forest goalkeeper.