South American is contracted to the south-coast club until 2015.
Highly rated young Southampton head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham Hotspur that he wants a three-year deal worth £3m a season to take over from the recently sacked Tim Sherwood in the White Hart Lane dugout next season, according to reports in the Sun.
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The north London club parted company with Sherwood earlier this week, despite the fact that the former Tottenham midfielder had himself only be appointed to succeed previous boss Andre Villa-Boas in the capital in December, with chairman Daniel Levy handing Sherwood an 18-month contract.
However, with Sherwood having failed to guide the club to a top-four finish in the Premier League last season, and with it qualification for the lucrative group stages of the Uefa Champions League, Levy made use of a break clause in the Englishman’s deal to relieved him of his managerial duties at the Lane.
And now it is understood that the Saints coach is Levy’s first choice to replace Sherwood at Spurs this summer, although the South American is said to be demanding a bumper three-year contract that will see the 42-year-old earn a whopping £9m in total to leave St Mary’s.