VAN GAAL LINES UP NEW GOAL­KEEPER

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Reds boss Louis Van Gaal is re­signed to los­ing David De Gea to Real Madrid and wants to get his suc­ces­sor in place as soon as pos­si­ble.

French num­ber one Lloris has done lit­tle wrong since mov­ing to Lon­don from Lyon in 2012.

He’s chalked up more than 100 ap­pear­ances for Spurs so wouldn’t need any dif­fi­cult set­tling-in pe­riod — like the one De Gea him­self went through when first ar­riv­ing at United.

But he won’t come cheap, with Tot­ten­ham chair­man Daniel Levy a no­to­ri­ously tough ne­go­tia­tor.

In an ideal world, United would spend the fee brought in for De Gea on a new keeper, so they don’t have to dip into their £150m trans­fer fund.

But, with the Spa­niard near the end of his con­tract, the Old Traf­ford gi­ants may have to shell out £10m more to prise Lloris away from White Hart Lane. That would value him at some­where around £30m.

United have other op­tions in Vic­tor Valdes, who is al­ready at the club, or even Petr Cech who is leav­ing Chelsea this sum­mer.

But the thought is that both of those keep­ers are past their best and nei­ther have played much in the past 12 months.

An­other man on the radar is As­mir Be­govic from Stoke but his lack of big-match ex­pe­ri­ence could be a stick­ing point.

That’s not a worry with Lloris who is com­ing into his prime at 28 and has had an­other solid sea­son in north Lon­don.

He’s the cap­tain of France with 65 caps to his name and the book­ies are in lit­tle doubt that he’ll be first choice at United next sea­son.

They make him favourite, at a shorter price than De Gea — and the book­ies rarely get th­ese things wrong.

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