Sevilla coach Juande Ramos is expected to take over as Tottenham manager after Martin Jol’s sacking.
Sevilla director of football Ramon Monchi was in London on Thursday and it is thought he has opened talks with Spurs over compensation for Ramos.
Ramos’s current Sevilla’s contract expires at the end of the season.
But Tottenham, with only one win in the Premier League this season and languishing in 18th place in the table, will be looking for a quick appointment, possibly as early as next week as they look to revive their campaign.
There has been no official word from Sevilla or Ramos himself, but Spanish newspaper Marca claimed to have spoken to him on Friday morning and revealed he would not comment on the story.
“Marca got in contact with Ramos by telephone to confirm the news, something he wouldn’t do, and he would only say he was the trainer of Seville,” a report said.
Jol was apparently relieved of his post before Spurs were beaten 2-1 by Getafe in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, but he remained in charge of the team for the match – while Monchi watched from the directors’ box.
Jol’s near three-year reign had seen two fifth-placed finishes prior to this season when they have endured their worst start to a domestic campaign for 19 years.
“For me, Martin and Chris’s departure is regrettable,” said chairman Daniel Levy. “Our greatest wish was to see results turn in our favour and for there to be no need for change. We feel honoured that Martin has been manager at our club, having seen us qualify twice for Europe.”
Jol remained dignified until the end, saying he accepted the reasons for his departure.
“I can understand the position of the club in light of the results,” said the Dutchman.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Tottenham Hotspur is a special club and I want to thank the terrific staff and players. For me, the fans were always amazing with their support, so I would also like to say thank you. I shall never forget them.”