Tottenham Hotspur have ramped up their interest in Feyenoord manager Arne Slot despite a new contract offer from the Eredivisie champions, according to the Telegraph.
Feyenoord are braced for a battle to keep their highly rated Dutch manager and have tabled a new contract looking to fend off interest from Tottenham.
However, Spurs are still pushing to speak with Slot over their vacant managerial position.
They are scouring the market for a long-term replacement for Antonio Conte, who parted ways with the club in March after falling out with the Tottenham hierarchy.
Christian Stellini, who was Conte’s assistant, was tasked with taking interim charge of the club until the summer, but the Italian did not last long before being replaced by Ryan Mason.
He has done nothing to improve Tottenham’s on-field situation, with the club fighting to qualify for Europe this season as they sit seventh in the Premier League.
Tottenham have endured an underwhelming campaign, and their search for a new manager has seen Slot emerge as a leading candidate after an impressive spell with Feyenoord.
The 44-year-old led De Stadionclub to their 16th Eredivisie triumph last weekend after thrashing Go Ahead Eagles 3-0 at home – just their second in the 21st century.
He led Feyenoord to the Europa Conference League final last season before reaching the Europa League quarter-finals this term – they were thwarted by AS Roma both times.
Tottenham have several other targets on their radar. Julian Nagelsmann was linked with the vacant job, but the German is out of the race.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Oliver Glasner, Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Roberto De Zerbi have been linked with Tottenham, but Slot appears to be the front-runner for the job.
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