Friedel set to end Spurs battle with Lloris by making shock return to Blackburn
22:53 GMT, 21 November 2012
Brad Friedel is ready to give up his battle with Hugo Lloris to be Tottenham's first-choice goalkeeper and make a dramatic return to Blackburn Rovers.
New Blackburn manager Henning Berg was in negotiations with Spurs on Wednesday over a deal that would see Friedel move back to Ewood Park on loan until January when the transfer would become permanent.
The 41-year-old American is also being offered a coaching role at his old club.
Wanted: Brad Friedel (centre) is tempted by a coaching offer from Blackburn
Friedel has been locked in a battle with Lloris since the France international arrived at White Hart Lane from Lyon for 8million in the summer.
Lloris was widely expected to be first-choice but, despite ending Friedel's remarkable run of 310 consecutive starts in the Premier League for Blackburn, Aston Villa and Spurs last month, manager Andre Villas-Boas still seems undecided between the two.
Clear run: Friedel's departure would make Hugo Lloris undisputed No 1
Both he and chairman Daniel Levy are understood to be reluctant to lose Friedel but the player is tempted by an opportunity to return to the north-west, where he still has a luxury home in Cheshire, and the offer of a move into coaching.
The deal is bound to place a question mark over Paul Robinson's future at Blackburn.
Former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is known to be interested in taking Robinson to West Ham, and a move in January might now be a possibility.