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Report claims 'Agreement in principle' - end in sight as Tottenham manager hunt nears final conclusion

The Telegraph claim Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on a move to appoint manager Nuno Espirito Santo, with an ‘agreement in principle’. The ex-Wolves gaffer is now expected to join Tottenham, after months of Spurs looking for Jose Mourinho’s successor. A deal is said to have been agreed.

Santo, 47, is without a club having left Wolves this summer. The Portuguese boss – who was on the bench when Jose Mourinho guided Porto to a 2004 Champions League win – sparkled as Wolves gaffer. His tenure included promotion, Europa League and solidifying Wolves as a top-tier side.

Crystal Palace and Everton were eyeing Santo, while earlier this week Fenerbahce were looking at his appointment. But the latest report states that Tottenham have an ‘agreement in principle’ to hand Santo the job. It looks as if the hunt is about to come to an end.

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Agreement: Where does Santo compare as manager to other Tottenham options?

Antonio Conte is the best of the lot but wanted too much. Brendan Rodgers is happy at Leicester. Julian Nagelsmann chose Bayern over Spurs. Then come the second tier. Deals for Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso, Erik Ten Hag, Graham Potter and Julen Lopetegui all fell through.

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Santo probably fits into that category. He is some way off the likes of Conte, Nagelsmann and Rodgers – but he is certainly as good as Fonseca or Ten Hag. If he can have a similar impact to the one he has had at Wolves, then he would certainly be a good appointment.

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