Tottenham will ‘hold further talks with Antonio Conte today’ over replacing Nuno Espirito Santo as manager.
It was reported on Sunday that chairman Daniel Levy and managing director Fabio Paratici were meeting to discuss the ‘possible dismissal’ of Nuno after just four months at the helm, while a further report stated an ‘immediate change’ could be imminent.
Spurs are currently eighth in the Premier League having won just two of their last seven in the top flight.
The Gossip tipped four potential replacements for Nuno including Ryan Mason, who was in charge of the side at the end of last season.
But a club source is said to have told Football Insider that Conte has ‘already been sounded out’ and is Paratici’s ‘top target’ to take over.
The former Chelsea boss was in the frame in the summer before negotiations reportedly collapsed over terms, including the guarantee of sizeable funds to improve the squad.
But Paratici, who worked with Conte in a successful period with Juventus, believes he can persuade the Italian and has already begun the process in ‘late-night negotiations’.
The club are ready to offer Conte, who led Inter Milan to the Serie A title last term, a lucrative three-year deal to take over in north London.
Paulo Fonseca and Sergio Conceicao are also on Paratici’s list, and it’s thought Mason could be put in interim charge. Nuno is on borrowed time.
Meanwhile, Teddy Sheringham claims Harry Kane isn’t helping matters as he’s not “leading by example” after his proposed summer switch to Manchester City fell through.
Sheringham said: “He was probably given assurances that he could leave.
“Those assurances haven’t been stuck to and it looks like Kane has the hump.
“He needs to change that around and realise he is still the Tottenham vice-captain and still a Tottenham player and do better.
“I think it’s a really tough time for Tottenham. When you have a striker who is also the vice-captain like Harry Kane. He leads by example rather than telling everyone what to do.
“That’s a very different scenario. They need a leader at the back or in midfield to dominate and dictate and tell people what they’re doing wrong.
“I’m really not a lover of a centre-forward being the captain and he’s not performing at the best of his capabilities at the moment, so he’s not even leading by example.”
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