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Report: Tottenham leading race to hire soon-to-be out-of-contract Simone Inzaghi

Italian website Corriere Fiorentino have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are on pole position to hire Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi this summer, with a meeting scheduled on Wednesday between Lazio and Inzaghi to discuss his contract – which is due to expire at the end of June.

Inzaghi, 45, has become one of the most-exciting young managers in European football in recent seasons – after six excellent years with Lazio. Last season, he guided the Italian outfit to the last 16 of the Champions League – before eventually being knocked out by Bayern Munich.

The Italian gaffer is keen to extend his current deal, which expires on June 30. He recently claimed that he had been waiting since January 2020 to sign a new Lazio deal – but because of his love for the club, he would wait another few days. However, Tottenham remain interested.

The latest report claims that Fiorentina have added Inzaghi to a three-man shortlist – which also includes departing Napoli and Roma bosses Gennaro Gattuso and Paulo Fonseca, both of whom have also been linked with Spurs. But it is claimed Tottenham ‘lead’ the race for Inzaghi.

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TBR’s view – Is Inzaghi the man to hire for Spurs?

Many things go against Inzaghi – he probably lacks the reputation that other contenders boast. He probably lacks the experience of others linked with the Tottenham job. But what he does boast are two key ingredients that Daniel Levy needs to be looking for, when hiring his next manager.

The first one, is that he is an attacking gaffer – something which will tempt Harry Kane and Gareth Bale to stay. Also, is that Inzaghi is loyal – clocking up six years at Lazio. Like Mauricio Pochettino, he can take Spurs forward.

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