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Sport Tottenham 'are offered chance to hire Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo'

04:55  29 april  2021
04:55  29 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Tottenham have reportedly been offered the chance to hire Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo as their replacement for Jose Mourinho.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is searching for a new first-team boss after dismissing Mourinho earlier this month after a disappointing season, which has left them likely to miss out on the Champions League next season.

Levy has already been dealt a double blow in his hunt with preferred targets Julian Naglesmann agreeing to join Bayern Munich and Brendan Rodgers committing his future to Premier League rivals Leicester.

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But, according to The Sun, Spurs have now been offered Wolves boss Nuno and his representative, super-agent Jorge Mendes, has made contact over a potential appointment.

And, in a double deal that would pay off handsomely for Mendes, he also reportedly wants to bring fellow client Bruno Lage to the Premier League to replace Nuno at Molineux.

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Nuno, who led Wolves back to the Premier League in 2017-18, only recently signed a new contract until 2023.

However, it's claimed there is 'a sense that this may be the right time to move on to a bigger club' as he eyes a club competing in European football regularly.

The Sun also claim that Nuno was 'close' to replacing Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta when his future was in the balance before Christmas.

It's also believed that Nuno is not set on his next club being in England and he would consider a return to LaLiga, where he managed Valencia from 2014 to 2015.


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It is unclear whether Wolves would consider Lage as a replacement for Nuno, given he has been unemployed since being axed by Benfica last year.

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Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Spurs had failed in a fresh attempt to lure Rodgers away from Leicester.

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Rodgers is on the brink of guiding his team back into the Champions League and wants the opportunity to pit the team he has built against the best in Europe next season.

The former Liverpool boss also has a firm grip in Leicester's football operation, not something he will necessarily have at Tottenham.

Sportsmail also reported on Monday how Levy will not allow his search for a new manager to drag long into the summer, with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag emerging as a candidate.

Levy is eager to avoid a long drawn out scenario that will impinge on the new manager's preparation time for next season.

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Sportsmail understands Ten Hag is among the candidates Levy is now considering to replace Mourinho following the news about Nagelsmann and Rodgers.

The Ajax boss' current deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he is likely to be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract, which will suit Tottenham who are working within a tight financial framework due to the impact of Covid.

Ten Hag's side will win the Dutch title this season, Ajax's second under the 51-year-old, and he could be tempted by a fresh challenge.

Sources claim Roberto Martinez would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championships with Belgium, while England boss Gareth Southgate's work with the national team has not gone unnoticed at Tottenham.

Ralf Rangnick is also on the club's radar.

Ryan Mason is currently in interim charge but is not expected to be in the running for the job on a permanent basis.

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