Tottenham to approach Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur will offer former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas the opportunity to replace Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane and in the process resurrect his Premier League managerial career, the Guardian has reported.

Negotiations between the club and representatives of the Portuguese have been on-going but Tottenham have now stepped up their interest, discussing the vacancy directly with Villas-Boas. The 34-year-old was not originally chairman Daniel Levy’s first choice for the opening but Villas-Boas is said to have impressed the Spurs hierarchy, with Levy in search of a determined coach who can bring about regular Champions League football and a Premier League title challenge in the not-too-distant future.

The Guardian adds that Villas-Boas has asked for and received assurances that midfielder Luka Modric will not be sold. Levy is said to be adamant the Croatian will not move to another Premier League team, with Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt, but the same cannot be said is Real Madrid make an offer of around £40m. Villas-Boas attempted to sign Modric for Chelsea for the same price a year ago.

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