Scot heads shortlist of possible replacements.
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Tottenham Hotspur will turn to Everton boss David Moyes if Harry Redknapp leaves North London this summer.
Moyes heads a shortlist of candidates for the White Hart Lane hot-seat, also thought to include former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, Fabio Capello and Roberto Martinez of Wigan.
Redknapp is unhappy with Spurs, who have refused to offer the 65-year-old a new long-term contract.
Instead, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has presented the former Portsmouth boss with a take-it-or-leave-it one-year rolling deal.
Redknapp, who is currently working for the BBC as a Euro 2012 pundit, is considering his options and walking away from the club, which he has led to two top four finishes in three seasons, remains a possibility.
It is understood that Levy would not try to stop Redknapp leaving but neither will he sack his manager.
Levy favours a younger manager – like Martinez or Villas-Boas – who can build a dynasty at Spurs but has been persuaded by other senior figures at White Hart Lane that 49-year-old Moyes offers long-term prospects, plus vast Premier League experience.
The Scot has been at Goodison Park for over ten years but remains unhappy with the lack of investment at the club.
He has been left frustrated by the club’s policy of selling star players like Joleon Lescott and Mikel Arteta in recent seasons and will be unable to prevent further sales, including Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Everton’s first team coach Alan Stubbs admitted last month that Moyes had come to a crossroads in his Everton career, leading to speculation that he would be prepared to take on a new challenge.