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Paulo Fonseca agrees 3-year contract with Tottenham

Tom Gott
Paulo Fonseca is close to joining Tottenham
Paulo Fonseca is close to joining Tottenham / Silvia Lore/Getty Images
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Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is closing in on a move to Tottenham Hotspur, with a three-year contract already agreed and official announcement planned.

Spurs are on the hunt for a replacement for Jose Mourinho, and after failing in talks for Italian Antonio Conte, they have turned their attention to Fonseca - coincidentally the man replaced by Mourinho at Roma this summer.

Fonseca is incredibly keen to make the move, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio, he is very close to getting his wish. A three-year deal, which may actually be two years with an option for a third, is already on the table for the 48-year-old to sign with only minor details left to hash out.

In fact, talks are so advanced that Spurs have already organised an official announcement for Fonseca, who is expected to be confirmed as the team's new manager next week.

Fonseca was recommended to the club by incoming director of football, former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici, and he has convinced chairman Daniel Levy that Fonseca is the right man to get Spurs back on track.

Paulo Fonseca
Fonseca was replaced by Mourinho at Roma / Silvia Lore/Getty Images

Levy wants a manager who can bring attacking football back to Spurs, who defensive approach under Mourinho grew old very quickly when it stopped yielding results, and Fonseca has publicly claimed to be the right sort of boss for the job.

"I don't like playing deep and waiting for the counterattack," he told ESPN. "Sometimes it can happen in moments with my team, but it is not my style of play.

Daniel Levy
Levy wants an attack-minded manager / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Spurs have spent weeks pursuing various different candidates and have been frustrated by each and every one. Julian Nagelsmann committed to Bayern Munich, Brendan Rodgers refused to leave Leicester, Erik ten Hag signed a new Ajax contract and Conte was not convinced by the club's project.

The Guardian did throw a small spanner in the works by suggesting the door to Ten Hag is not yet firmly closed, although there's an acceptance that it's all systems go in the Fonseca pursuit.


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