Former Roma coach Fonseca in talks with Spurs

LONDON (AFP) – Former AS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca is in talks with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to be their next manager, according to British media reports.

The 48-year-old Portuguese would fill the vacancy on a full-time basis and replace his compatriot Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April – Mourinho has since taken over the reins at Fonseca’s old club Roma.

Ryan Mason was put in caretaker charge until the end of the season as Spurs finished a disappointing seventh in the Premier League.

Spurs have turned to Fonseca after talks with former Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte broke down. The club have already appointed a new sporting director in Fabio Paratici, who has joined after 11 years at Juventus.

However, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy’s efforts to replace Mourinho – who was fired days away from the League Cup final clash with Manchester City – have been less successful.

Spurs had made Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers their top target after Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann agreed to take the Bayern Munich post.

However, Rodgers has committed himself to the FA Cup winners.

Former AS Roma Paulo Fonseca. PHOTO: TELEGRAPH