Tottenham are close to finalising the appointment of Paulo Fonseca as their new manager with the former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma manager set to sign a three-year deal.
Spurs have been searching for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April, with the north London side having assessed a host of options in recent months.
Antonio Conte had appeared as the front runner for the position following his departure from Inter Milan, though talks with the former Chelsea boss failed to reach an agreement with Conte concerned about Spurs’ ability to challenge for trophies and the hierarchy holding reservations over the Italian’s commitment to blooding young players.
Fonseca has since emerged as a leading candidate following the appointment of the club’s new director of football, Fabio Paratici, and the Guardian are reporting a three-year deal is now close to being finalised.
The 48-year-old won three consecutive titles during his time at Shakhtar Donetsk before a brief spell with Roma, reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League last season before his departure in May.
Fonseca could be unveiled as the new manager of Spurs as early as Wednesday with the north Londoners hopeful the Portuguese coach is the right man to revive their fortunes following a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.