Tuesday 20 February 2018

Spurs hope to get Pochettino in next 48 hours

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in advanced talks with Tottenham to become the north London club's next manager
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in advanced talks with Tottenham to become the north London club's next manager

Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful of appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager in the next 48 hours.

Pochettino appears increasingly likely to leave Southampton after being identified by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy as his first choice, ahead of Ajax's Frank de Boer. Spurs will offer Pochettino a three-year deal worth a potential £9m.

Louis van Gaal had been under serious consideration earlier this year but his decision to join Manchester United left Pochettino as the stand-out candidate and Spurs are confident of concluding a deal.

Pochettino is understood to have held talks with the Spurs hierarchy in the past few days after the north Londoners agreed to pay the required £2m compensation.

Crucially, it is thought that Pochettino, who moved to the south coast from Espanyol in January last year, also made it clear to Southampton that he wants to leave St Mary's to pursue another challenge, with Spurs ready to demand that he delivers Champions League football.

Pochettino's exit from St Mary's could hasten a potential exodus of the squad this summer, with Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana already expected to leave.

Jay Rodriguez has improved rapidly under Pochettino and could follow him to Spurs despite a serious knee injury which ruled him out of a possible place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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