Southampton are looking to secure the long-term future of manager Mauricio Pochettino following speculation linking him with the vacant position at Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Daily Mail. 

The Argentinian arrived in English football with the pressure firmly on his shoulders after the harsh sacking of Nigel Adkins, but the 41-year-old has only thrived from it.

He has guided the Saints to an admirable ninth position in the Premier League, only one point behind reigning champions Manchester United.

One factor that goes in the favour of Southampton in the fight for the services of their current boss is his close relationship with owner Nicola Cortese.

Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini has identified Pochettino as one of the candidates for the job, but former England boss Fabio Capello remains clear favourite to take over.

The Argentine's side are 11 points from the relegation zone, and have certainly progressed the club quicker than anyone could have imagined.

Southampton have also been praised for creating an English core to their squad, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw all heavily featuring for them, with three of the four collecting England caps, and looking likely for a spot in the World Cup squad.

Luke Shaw, 18, is reported to be the subject of a £20 million January bid from Manchester United, a symbol of just how far he's come under the stewardship of Pochettino. 

Spurs may be more likely to opt for experience following the failure of Villas-Boas, but the quality of Pochettino could be too hard to resist for the board at White Hart Lane.

One criticism thrown at 'AVB' is his inability to buy wisely in the transfer market, when given a lot of funds. Pochettino has made some shrewd ones at the Saints, most notably the impressive striker Dani Osvaldo.

Other names linked to the post include Glenn Hoddle, Michael Laudrup and Roberto Di Matteo.

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