Tottenham will not be able to sign Ben Foster due to the Premier League’s current rules, according to the Daily Mail.
Spurs are without first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after he injured his knee against Manchester City.
The Frenchman is set to spend eight weeks on the injury sidelines, and the club wanted Foster.
The former Watford star retired last summer, but Tottenham wanted him on a short-term contract.
Premier League clubs require special dispensation to sign players outside the transfer window.
Spurs were hoping they could get a deal for Foster done but are now aware the Premier League will prevent the move.
Manager Antonio Conte only has Fraser Forster as his other senior goalkeeper.
The former Celtic star was in goal during the 4-1 defeat against Leicester City over the weekend.
Brandon Austin was named on the bench, and Alfie Whiteman missed out on the squad.
Austin has never played a senior game for Spurs, while Whiteman’s only appearance was in a cup competition.
Tottenham need an experienced goalie to provide cover for Forster before Lloris returns in April.
Foster would have been a quality addition to the squad,d as Austin and Whiteman could learn a lot from him.
The 39-year-old will not be joining the north London club by the look of things. Forster was not at fault for any of Leicester’s goals, but his performance would not have allayed Conte’s fears.
Spurs risk missing out on the top four after becoming inconsistent in recent weeks.
They need to be solid defensively to boost their chances of playing Champions League football next season.
Having a top goalkeeper will go a long way in making that happen.
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