Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has emerged as a front runner to take charge of Tottenham after top target Julian Nagelsmann agreed a deal with Bayern Munich.
Tottenham are currently considering a wealth of options following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last week, the Portuguese dismissed following a disappointing second half of the season with Ryan Mason placed in interim charge until the end of the campaign.
Nagelsmann had emerged as Spurs’ number one target to replace Mourinho with the RB Leipzig coach regarded as arguably the best young coach in world football, though the 33-year-old appears set to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season after agreeing terms with the German champions.
Leipzig are demanding a world-record fee of €25m for their head coach, but a deal is expected to be agreed that will see Nagelsmann head to the Allianz Arena.
The news has seen Spurs move onto alternative targets and the Mail among a number of outlets reporting that Ajax boss Ten Hag has now emerged as a leading candidate, with chairman Daniel Levy keen to secure a coach with an attractive style of football.
Ten Hag has been with Ajax for four years and guided the club to a domestic double during his first full season in charge, with the Dutch side also winning admirers following a run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ajax are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Eredivisie and heading towards another league title, having seen the campaign curtailed without a champion in 2019/20.
Spurs are keen to ensure their appointment has as much preparation as possible ahead of the new season, with the summer set to be disrupted by the European Championship.
Amongst the other names under consideration include Brendan Rodgers with the Leicester boss viewed as an ideal candidate. The Northern Irishman is, however, understood to have reservations about the position.
Brighton’s Graham Potter and Fulham’s Scott Parker have also been mentioned as potential options, whilst Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is another reportedly in the frame.
Spurs immediate focus is on achieving European qualification ahead of next season with the north London side currently five points adrift of the Champions League places with just five games remaining.