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Hoddle: Spurs will join keeper hunt

May 9, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Glenn Hoddle believes that goalkeepers will be the hottest property in this summer's transfer market as his old club Tottenham, as well as Arsenal and Manchester United, begin the hunt for a new No.1.

Heurelho Gomes
GettyImagesHeurelho Gomes: Has made a series of high-profile blunders

Former Spurs manager Hoddle is convinced that Harry Redknapp will replace Heurelho Gomes this summer even though the Tottenham boss has insisted the Brazilian will still be his first-choice keeper next season.

With United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar retiring at the end of the season it is well known that Sir Alex Ferguson requires one, if not two, new faces at Old Trafford while Hoddle's close friend Arsene Wenger will also be buying a new keeper as Manuel Almunia looks set to leave the Emirates.

Gomes gifted Real Madrid goals in both legs of their Champions League quarter-final last month, made another big-game blunder at Chelsea for Frank Lampard's "goal" and gave away a penalty (seconds after saving one) in a moment of madness against Blackpool on Saturday.

The Brazilian's blunders have convinced Hoddle that Redknapp needs a new, more reliable goalkeeper.

Former England boss Hoddle said: "We all know that Edwin van der Sar is retiring and that Sir Alex is on the lookout for a couple of keepers, but I am sure Arsenal will buy a keeper and so too will Spurs.

"All three of these big clubs will be scampering around after the same top keepers. Put it this way, I don't see those three clubs goalkeeping coaches getting much of a holiday this summer!"

Redknapp will be busy as usual this summer and has already been linked with a swoop for West Ham midfielder Scot Parker, who will be available on a cut-price deal if the Hammers are relegated.