Boss to ready to replace Gomes

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham may be ready to call time on goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes as they eye up alternatives following his latest gaffe.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp refused to publicly blame the Brazilian for his error which handed Real Madrid a 1-0 win in their Champions League quarter-final second leg, but it’s understood privately he has had enough.

Gomes spilled Cristiano Ronaldo’s tame shot from distance to effectively kill off the Londoners’ hopes of mounting a comeback in the two-legged tie.

The former PSV Eindhoven has accepted full responsibility for the mistake, although he was honest enough to admit it wouldn’t be his last of his career.

He said: “The ball moved a little bit but it was a mistake and I accept it. This was not my first mistake and I know it will not be the last one in my career, but I need to show character like I did before. It was a difficult moment for me but I have to look forward.”

Redknapp is thought to have a number of goalkeepers on his watch list as a replacement, including Almeria stopper Diego Alves.

The Brazilian has been watched on several occasions this season by Spurs scouts, while Dynamo Kiev youngster Maksym Koval is viewed a possible long-term target.

Another option would be Manchester City number two Shay Given, who Redknapp enquired about during the January transfer window.