'Done a deal': Redknapp insists Tottenham have new boss lined up amid Rodgers reports

The timing of Jose Mourinho’s departure may have raised eyebrows, what with it coming just days before the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City, but the writing had been on the wall for some time.

So much so that Harry Redknapp believes his former club have already identified the man they want to replace Mourinho.

Ryan Mason is currently in charge on an interim basis, but it is highly unlikely that the 29-year-old will be offered the role when this season ends.

The Sun have reported that Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s number one choice, and they have also credited the club with an interest in RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann.

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Redknapp, who was in charge at White Hart Lane from October 2008 to June 2012, is well aware of how Levy operates and believes a deal will already have been done with the next manager.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Listen, I know Daniel Levy and I know Joe Lewis.

“They have got somebody lined up to come in at the end of the season, that’s how they work. There is no way they haven’t got somebody lined up.

“They can’t get them at the moment and they can’t get them until the end of the season, but they will have done a deal with somebody who is going to leave his job.

“He’s in work at the moment; obviously that’s why they haven’t got him. That’s what they do.

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“Pochettino left at 8 o’clock at night when it was announced, 8 o’clock the following morning, Jose was in at the training ground.

“The negotiation to do his contract would have took weeks, when you’re dealing with someone on his level – his payments, his clauses, his solicitors. Daniel always gets people in place.

“When I left, he had somebody ready to come in. When (Andre) Villas-Boas left, he has (Mauricio) Pochettino ready.

“He will have done a deal with somebody already, it won’t be Ryan Mason.

“He has got somebody ready to move who he can’t get at the moment because he is working in either club football or international football.”

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