By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Spurs manager's intentions to bring in a goalkeeper he considers capable enough to stand between the sticks at White Hart Lane is no secret. Although the team currently boasts the experience of Brad Friedel, Carlo Cudicini and Heurelho Gomes, Villas-Boas does not see a long-term future for any of the trio, with Gomes expected to leave on a loan deal before the start of the season.
The club have been closely linked with Olympique Lyon's Hugo Lloris, but The Guardian reports that Villas-Boas is concerned by the French club's asking price. The Tottenham manager was believed to have held talks with the representatives of Inter Milan's Julio Cesar earlier this week, as he attempted to suss out the likelihood of the Brazilian's departure from Serie A.
Cesar's representatives have indicated that the player's current employers would be open to selling Cesar, who currently earns 70, 000 pounds a week. Any offer made by Villas-Boas is likely to involve a player exchange, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has yet to finalize any deal from Real Madrid for Luka Modric, and hence does not have excess cash to negotiate with.
The London side are also desperate to bolster their strike force, with discussions for Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor on-going and a rumoured bid for Internacional's Leandro Damiao.