Andre Villas-Boas 'poised' to take over at Spurs
Portuguese manager has been in talks with Tottenham for two days
FORMER Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is inching closer towards the manager's hotseat at Spurs after a second day of talks with the London club.
He emerged as a strong contender to take over from Harry Redknapp at Tottenham at the start of the week despite misgivings in some quarters, and has been in direct contact with the club as they try to reach an agreement.
The 34-year-old Portuguese could be forgiven for wanting nothing to do with London after an ill-fated eight-month reign at Chelsea last season, but it seems the former Porto boss would be prepared to take over at White Hart Lane, although he has certain conditions.
More importantly, the club are also keen on him and, according to The Guardian, "are poised to offer him the manager's job". The paper adds: "It has become clear that Villas Boas is the man that [chairman Daniel] Levy wants to lead Tottenham into a new era."
However, the Daily Mail is more circumspect. "Levy wants to speak to France manager Laurent Blanc before deciding on who will be the club's next manager," it reports.
The paper says Roberto Martinez and Ralf Rangick are also in the frame but concedes: "Villas-Boas does appear to be a front-runner for the role given the extensive discussions with Tottenham."
The Mirror says that Villas-Boas has conditions of his own and "wants assurances about the club keeping their top players - including Luka Modric and Gareth Bale - and the transfer funds he'll have available".
And there could be conflict over the way the club is run. "The 34-year-old Portuguese also wants to be in complete control of team affairs. [But] Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has long been an advocate of the director of football model however, and also wants Tim Sherwood to be part of the set-up."