Tottenham officials believe there is a growing chance that managerial target Louis van Gaal will reject them in order to wait for Manchester United to sack David Moyes, reports De Telegraaf.
The Dutchman is set to end his affiliation with his national side after this summer's World Cup and has already declared his intention to manage in the Premier League.
That news alerted Tottenham, who are set to axe their current manager Tim Sherwood after less than a season in charge. Sherwood was given an 18-month contract to take over from Andre Villas-Boas but hasn't done enough to convince Daniel Levy.
But what looked like a simple recruitment for Spurs has the potential to turn into a nightmare after reports emerged that Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, have held a meeting with Van Gaal with a view to replacing David Moyes.
According to Dutch media, Manchester United were left impressed with Van Gaal's vision for the Old Trafford club as they consider whether to continue with Moyes after a disappointing season.
Manchester United officials want to spend big this summer with reports suggesting as much as £150m could be available. The problem is, do they entrust that money to Moyes or the experience Van Gaal, who has the experience and reputation to make big signings.
All of this is bad news for Tottenham, who, until United's interest, were fairly confident of convincing Van Gaal to White Hart Lane. Levy wants a new manager in stall before the World Cup so transfer arrangements can be made.
If Van Gaal tells Tottenham that he wants to wait to see if United sack Moyes, Levy will be forced to contact other targets.