Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Illan Meslier has told NBC Sports that he has been following Hugo Lloris throughout his career as he suggested that the Spurs star is a hero of his.

Meslier has been in outstanding form for Leeds United this season. The 22-year-old certainly looks to be back to his best after a difficult campaign last time out.

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With Lloris retiring from international duty, Meslier’s performances will now take on extra importance as he sets his sights on becoming France’s new number one.

Meslier lauds French legend Lloris

But perhaps it may not only be for the national team where Meslier succeeds Lloris. Reports from The Athletic in September claimed that Tottenham are the team most interested in the former Lorient youngster.

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Spurs are keeping their eye out for Lloris’ successor. And their need to find their next number one has only increased in recent months, with the 36-year-old making a number of costly errors, with the latest coming in Sunday’s North London derby.

Meslier was asked about Lloris’ retirement from international football and whether he looked up to his countryman as he developed his game. And while Meslier later suggested that his main idol was Manuel Neuer, he did note just how much time he has devoted to following the £12 million Spurs captain.

“I saw Hugo when he was at Nice and Lyon. And of course, I saw him growing up in Tottenham. So of course, he is honestly a legend, a French legend,” he told NBC Sports.

Leeds will certainly hope that they can keep Meslier for as long as possible. He is a player with an incredibly high ceiling. Jesse Marsch has previously suggested that his potential could be massive.

Clubs like Tottenham are bound to have a look. Lloris’ time as a goalkeeper at the very highest level is coming towards an end. And Meslier is someone who should only improve from here.

He already has played 91 times in the Premier League. And he has dealt with some incredibly pressurised situations.

Ultimately, we have to be realistic. It is going to be hard to keep Meslier beyond the next couple of years.

And if Tottenham offer him the chance to be Lloris’ successor, that task is only likely to become tougher.

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