Following a fine season for both club and country, timid boyish French national goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has caught the attention of some of the world’s top clubs, and Scottish indiepop band Belle & Sebastian. Whether making heart-stopping saves, squinting wistfully up the field at the other, more popular players or clutching the ball to him like Aloysius, Lloris is a man in demand.
Alex Ferguson’s interest in the young keeper stems from a number of factors. Edwin van der Sar’s contract extension will take him into his forties, while neither Ben Foster nor Tomasz Kuszczak has staked a claim as a true replacement. Indeed, the way Foster has performed in his rare chances, it often seems like he had a stroke at the age of 24. Sources close to the club suggest that Ferguson’s main reason for pursuing Lloris is that he unlikely to cause any trouble at the next team Christmas party, given that he looks like he would be terrified if a pretty girl even so much as looked at him.
Belle & Sebastian manager Stuart Murdoch voiced his admiration for the Lyon stopper. “As a band, we’ve never been afraid to look at freshening up the line-up with new signings, whether that was letting Isobel leave on a Bosman, or taking on Sarah Martin and Mick Cooke after successful trials, or scouting abroad for Bobby from V-Twin”. With a punishing festival schedule coming up this year, Murdoch admits that the need for new blood is stronger than ever. “Sure, Hugo is a young keeper, but he’s got bags of potential. In the next few years, I can certainly see him growing a commanding fringe”.
Lloris could not be reached for comment, but was reported to be in the Grosvenor Café, sighing and writing his journal.