Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Tim Sherwood in the summer.
The Mirror reports that Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy has set his sights on the Argentinean as a perfect candidate to succeed Sherwood. The north London club had handed over managerial duties to the 45-year-old by giving him an 18-month contract after showing the exit door to Andre Villas-Boas last December following a series of disappointing results.
Speculations were doing the rounds before his appointment that the club's heirarchy wanted Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal or Ajax boss Ronald de Boer to take over the reins at White Hart Lane. With both of Levy's top targets expressing no interest in taking over the role, the chairman has now shifted his focus to Pochettino.
The Spurs have been handed a setback to appoint Van Gaal next season as he has reportedly agreed to succeed David Moyes at Manchester United. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is believed to be taking over the reins at Old Trafford once his duties with the Netherlands national team at the World Cup in Brazil comes to a conclusion.
Pochettino's future at Southampton too remains uncertain. The 42-year-old had stated in January that he will consider his future at St Mary's at the end of the season following the departure of executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
The Saints manager's departure could have a significant impact on the club's ability to hold on to their star players like Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana; with the duo reportedly linked to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. United are reported to be keen on signing both players during the upcoming transfer window.
However, the club's executive director Les Reed reveals that the former Espanyol boss is not heading for the exit door and that they are planning for the club's future.
"Both Mauricio and myself are very happy with the way we're approaching things at the moment. We would like to focus on the remaining fixtures of the season," Reed told Sky Sports.
"We will pick up the contract talks over the summer. We talk about the future every day. We're both comfortable with the situation."