Antonio Conte the overwhelming favourite to become Spurs boss following Nuno's departure

Tottenham believed to be close to finalising a deal with the former Inter Milan coach.

With the seat still warm following Nuno Espirito Santo's departure, Antonio Conte is reportedly in negotiations to take over at Tottenham.

Conte - who guided Chelsea to Premier League glory in 2016/17 - is understood to be tempted by the role having worked with managing director Fabio Paratici at Juventus.

Nuno was relieved of his duties on Monday morning after becoming the first Spurs manager since Christian Gross in 1998 to lose five of his first 10 Premier League games.

Daniel Levy appointed Nuno after a lengthy - and painful - summer search but a 3-0 defeat to Man Utd, no shots on target and Harry Kane going AWOL again proved the final straw for the Tottenham chief.

And, determined not to make the same mistake as he did in the summer, Levy is now prepared to move swiftly to land his man.

Conte is the overwhelming favourite and Planet Sport looks at him and five other coaches who could replace Nuno in north London.

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte lifting the Premier League

The former Blues coach was linked with the role in the summer and was believed to have held talks with Tottenham over the vacancy. Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici has made the fellow Italian his No. 1 choice after working with him previously at Juventus.

Conte was thought to be keeping tabs on theMan United situation, believing them a better proposition than Spurs - who require a major rebuild.

However, the promise of significant funds in January are thought to have persuaded the Italian to take on the role despite his usual reluctance to take on roles mid-season.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter committed to Brighton and has not considered Tottenham speculation

The Brighton & Hove Albion manager is regarded as one of the best coaches in the league. His Brighton side have impressed this season and he fits the bill if Levy decides to opt for a young, hungry coach.

Potter is known for his work on the training ground and should he be appointed then maybe he will be the man to get Dele Alli back on track although it looks a tough ask. 

Paulo Fonseca

Paulo Fonseca, May 5, 2021

It seemed guaranteed that the former Roma coach would become Newcastle United manager. However, talk of Fonseca taking over from Steve Bruce to spearhead the Saudi revolution has gone quiet in recent days.

In the summer, Fonseca had all but signed an agreement to take over from Jose Mourinho as Spurs coach only to have a change of heart at the 11th hour. While talks may begin once again, it would be a tricky task to convince fans Fonseca is the man after he originally turned them down.

Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason took over on an interim basis following Mourinho's dismissal. He won four of seven games, losing three, including a 1-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Mason - who was forced to retire early after suffering a fractured skull in 2016 - is highly respected among the Spurs squad but with limited experience, Levy is unlikely to hire the former Tottenham and Hull player.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers Leicester City Aug21

This could be an interesting proposition for Brendan Rodgers who is probably coming towards the end of his time at Leicester City. Having guided the Foxes to fifth in two full seasons - as well as an FA Cup along the way - there seems to be something missing from his Leicester side in the league this season.

In the summer, Rodgers ruled himself out of the role and while Spurs are a bigger club than Leicester, it may be a step backwards given the state they are in.

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe Bournemouth manager Jul20

Currently without a club, and a manager who would sign on the cheap, this could prove the perfect choice for Levy.

Howe has not returned to the touchline since stepping down as Bournemouth manager in 2019 following their relegation. While it didn't end on a good note, Howe is a huge reason as to why they were in the top flight, guiding them to back-to-back promotions during his reign.

Howe was in talks to become Celtic's new head coach in the summer only for it to collapse. The Englishman likes to play attacking soccer and Spurs fans would love nothing more after a miserable couple of years.

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