Depor hot on Real keeper

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Real Madrid reserve goalkeeper Diego Lopez has emerged as a target for Deportivo La Coruna.

Lopez, 24, is back-up for Iker Casillas at Real, but remains highly rated within the corridors of the Santiago Bernabeu.

He proved his ability with some solid displays in the Copa del Rey earlier in the campaign and has now hit the radar of Depor boss Joaquin Caparros who is on the look-out for a new shot-stopper.

Lopez, who was born in the Galicia region where Depor are based, insists he is happy at Real, but concedes a move to the Riazor could well benefit his long-term future with Casillas blocking his path in the capital.

"It would be very flattering if a club like Deportivo are looking at me," he stated.

"I am very happy in Madrid, but you can never say never.

"It will be difficult to play at Real and I might have more options at Deportivo, which would be interesting, but I still don't know if their interest is real."

Meanwhile, Depor are also reported to be monitoring another of Real's squad members - young midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado.

The 19-year-old currently turns out for Real's reserves and Caparros has held informal discussions with the starlet's agent, Manolo Garcia Quilon, to ascertain his potential availability.