JUVENTUS coach Antonio Conte has emerged as a potential candidate for the Tottenham manager's position if Harry Redknapp decides to take the England job this summer.
Last month, Conte steered the Old Lady into their first Italian Cup final for eight years with a 2-2 draw against Milan to complete a 4-3 aggregate win, whereupon Conte said: "We haven't done anything yet."
But something is certainly stirring at Juventus and it is in Serie A that Conte's achievements have been most noteworthy.
In 30 matches this season, Conte's side are unbeaten, with only their high number of draws -- 14 against 16 wins -- keeping them two points behind Milan at the head of the table.
The path to the Premier League for Conte, who rose to prominence with Serie B promotions during spells at Bari and Siena, seems assured.
The 42-year-old former Italy international midfielder, who ended his career at Juventus after making more than 400 appearances in the black-and-white shirt, is understood to be taking English lessons.
However, Tottenham deny having made contact with Conte or any other potential post-Redknapp candidates.
It is said their recruitment procedures will only get under way once the English Football Association's intentions over the vacancy become clear.
Indeed, Redknapp's status as the favourite for that role appeared to destabilise his squad following Fabio Capello's resignation in February.
If the FA's supposed interest in Redknapp materialises into a job offer, there is no guarantee that he would accept it.
In that event, or if no FA offer were made, Redknapp will remain Spurs manager. Otherwise, Spurs expect that, if their manager does leave, the vacancy would attract significant interest from leading managers.
Everton's David Moyes has been linked with the role, as has Brendan Rodgers, but the Swansea manager said yesterday he was in no rush to leave the Liberty Stadium.