Spurs eye France coach.
Tottenham Hotspur have identified France coach Laurent Blanc as their first choice to succeed Harry Redknapp as manager.
The north Londoners sacked Redknapp last week and will now turn to former Bordeaux boss Blanc, who is out of contract with the French national team after Euro 2012.
Spurs have already held preliminary discussions with Blanc, according to Sky Sports, and hope to conclude a deal as soon as Les Bleus participation in the European Championships is over.
Blanc, nicknamed ‘Le President’, had a distinguished career as a player at home and abroad, enjoying spells with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
As an international, he is considered of France’s greatest ever captains, earning 96 caps and winning both the World Cup in 1998 and European Championship in 2000.
As a manager, the 46-year-old guided Bordeaux to a league and cup double in his second season and has transformed the fortunes of Les Bleus, who are currently on a 23-match unbeaten run.
Spurs will discuss the vacant manager’s job with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Everton’s David Moyes but it is understood the White Hart Lane hot-seat is Blanc’s to refuse.