Tottenham will offer Andre Villas-Boas the opportunity to succeed Harry Redknapp as the club's manager, it has been claimed.
Redknapp was relieved of his duties last week, despite leading Spurs to fourth, fifth and fourth-placed finishes in consecutive seasons during almost four years at White Hart Lane.
Last week it was reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had sounded out representatives of Villas-Boas to discuss the vacant position, and the interest of the north London club has since intensified.
According to The Guardian, Spurs have now held direct negotiations with the 34-year-old, and Levy is poised to offer him the position.
Villas-Boas was the most in-demand young manager in Europe 12 months ago following his exploits with Porto, but his reputation has suffered since an ill-fated spell with Chelsea.
The Portuguese lasted only eight months in charge at Stamford Bridge before he was sacked, while Chelsea went on to win the FA Cup and Champions League under the stewardship of Roberto di Matteo.
However, Levy has identified Villas-Boas as the young dynamic coach he wants to take Spurs forward, and the former Porto boss could be appointed before the end of the month.