Ajax are understood to be lining Martin Jol as their new coach.

The Dutch club have confirmed that they will speak to their shortlisted candidates this week and the Tottenham head coach is known to be their first choice.

Jol said yesterday that he was “very happy” and “fully committed” to Tottenham but Ajax believe they can still lure the former RKC Waalwijk coach back to Holland.

Ajax want Jol to succeed Ronald Koeman, who resigned last week after they went out of the Uefa Cup to Auxerre.

“We haven’t spoken to any of our candidates but we will do it this week, definitely,” said Ajax’s general manager Arie van Eijden.

An Ajax spokesman told BBC Sport: “The coach must fit our profile – a coach who understands the Dutch league and offensive and distinctive football.

“We need to find a solution soon, so someone is in place for next season.”

Ajax’s interest is likely to encourage Tottenham to tie up negotiations of Jol’s contract.

“I’m not in discussions with anyone else at this stage,” Jol said yesterday.

“I don’t want to go elsewhere. As I have said before, I want to bring success back to this great club.”