Former Roma coach Fonseca in talks with Spurs: reports

The 48-year-old Portuguese would fill the vacancy on a full-time basis and replace his compatriot Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April.

Daniel Levy also reportedly made an unsuccessful approach to Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino in a bid to bring the former Tottenham coach back to north London.   -  REUTERS

Former AS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca is in talks with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to be its next manager, according to British media reports.

The 48-year-old Portuguese would fill the vacancy on a full-time basis and replace his compatriot Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April — Mourinho has since taken over the reins at Fonseca's old club Roma.

Ryan Mason was put in caretaker charge until the end of the season as Spurs finished a disappointing seventh in the Premier League.

Spurs has turned to Fonseca after talks with former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte broke down.

The club has already appointed a new sporting director in Fabio Paratici, who has joined after 11 years at Juventus.

However, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy's efforts to replace Mourinho — who was fired days away from the League Cup final clash with Manchester City — have been less successful.

Spurs had made Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers its top target after Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann agreed to take the Bayern Munich post.

However, Rodgers has committed himself to the FA Cup winner.

Levy also reportedly made an unsuccessful approach to Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino in a bid to bring the former Tottenham coach back to north London.

Fonseca left Roma at the end of last season after the team failed to qualify for the Champions League, finishing seventh in Serie A, and was beaten by Manchester United in the Europa League semifinals.

He joined Roma in 2019 on a two-year contract with the option for a third year if the club reached the Champions League next season.

The Mozambique-born Fonseca previously coached Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the league and cup double in all three seasons with the Ukrainian club.

He also won the Ukrainian Super Cup in 2017.

Fonseca has also coached Portuguese clubs including Pacos Ferreira, Braga and Porto.

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