De Boer
De Boer will discuss his future at the end of the season.Reuters

Ajax manager Frank de Boer will listen to offers from Tottenham Hotspur after the Premier League club made an official approach for the Dutchman.

Tim Sherwood is expected to be replaced at the end of the season after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season.

Louis van Gaal had been widely tipped to take the reins at White Hart Lane but David Moyes' dismissal at Manchester United has seen the Dutchman installed as the overwhelming favourite for the manager's job at Old Trafford.

Since then van Gaal's compatriot de Boer has emerged as the leading candidate for the job in north London and admits he is tempted by the club he sees as a 'sleeping giant.'

De Boer told NOS: "I want to add something to a club, build something. - I won't be talking to other clubs until after May 3.

"After the last match on May 3 I will think about this possibility. I will have talks and will listen to their offer. After that I will decide on how I feel."

"I see a perspective at Tottenham Hotspur, just as Liverpool and Newcastle United sometimes are, they are sleeping giants.

"I want to add something to a club, so that people can see that this was the work of Frank de Boer. Liverpool is a great example of that. What Brendan Rodgers is doing now."

Glenn Hoddle was another name linked with taking the role at White Hart Lane but the club's former manager has ruled out the possibility of a second stint.

"I have read in the papers and seen it on the Internet that I am the favourite for this job, that job, virtually every job," Hoddle wrote in his column for Bleacher Report UK. "That I am ready, that I am desperate to get back into management, that I am touting for this or that job.

"But I am not. I am not applying."