Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has added Everton manager Roberto Martinez to a three-man shortlist of candidates to replace Tim Sherwood as boss next season, according to the Daily Star.
Martinez has enjoyed a strong debut season at Goodison Park, leading the Toffees back into Europe with their highest ever Premier League points tally and implementing a style of fluid passing football that has attracted admirers beyond Goodison Park.
Levy is one of those impressed observers and believes he can persuade Martinez to take up the challenge of bringing Champions League football back to Spurs next season, if both Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pochettino show no interest in a summer switch.
Everton are in a difficult position in terms of attempting to push on and attempt to gatecrash the top four, with Martinez readily admitting he needs to spend heavily if the Toffees are to successfully fight on two fronts next term.
The Star have this morning reported that Martinez will be given £25m to spend on new recruits this summer but must factor in the futures of his three loan stars before targeting new players, with Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu all waiting to see where they will play next season.
Spurs are prepared to spend big once again if thats what it takes to improve and want Martinez at the helm to implement that transfer strategy, although any formal approach for the talented Spaniard is likely to receive short shrift from Toffees chiefs.