Former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a strong candidate to become the next manager at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese is understood to be the first choice of incoming director of football Fabio Paratici and talks have been held.
Paratici's arrival at Spurs is set to be announced in the coming days after his departure from Juventus - where he had a hugely successful 11-year stint - and he is already involved in his new club's lengthy managerial search.
It has been 52 days since Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho, who has since found work as Fonseca's replacement at Roma.
The 48-year-old Fonseca, who has also managed Shakhtar Donetsk, was sacked in May, with Mourinho announced as his successor on the same day.
A job swap could be on the cards if Paratici gets his way but no deal has yet been agreed, the PA news agency understands.
It is another twist in an eventful search for Mourinho's replacement.
Spurs, who finished last season with 29-year-old Ryan Mason in temporary charge, were in advanced talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who worked with Paratici at Juve, last week before pulling the plug after realising he did not fit their profile.
They have also courted former boss Mauricio Pochettino but were unable to get him out of his current club Paris Saint-Germain.
Another linked to the role has been Ajax's Eric Ten Hag, who remains a contender despite his club having triggered a one-year extension at the Dutch giants.
If Fonseca does get the job, his appointment would undoubtedly raise eyebrows for a club who were in the Champions League final two years ago.
He is out of a job after two years at the Stadio Olimpico, where he failed to get the club back in the Champions League, delivering finishes of fifth and seventh in Serie A.
He was much more successful with Shakhtar, winning three successive domestic doubles, while also securing silverware with Braga and Porto.
Australian Associated Press