TOTTENHAM have been handed a boost in their efforts to land Antonio Conte with Fabio Paratici close to joining the club as sporting director.
The Guardian claim that Paratici, who worked for 11 years at Juventus, will take the role at Spurs who will return to a two-tier management structure.
The report adds that the move for the 48-year-old does not hinge on whether Conte agrees to take over as manager in north London.
But Tottenham are hoping to reunite the pair after they formed a formidable partnership together in Italy.
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Paratici left Juventus this summer having played a key role in their nine straight Serie A title wins.
Conte worked with Paratici when he managed the Old Lady for three years – winning the league title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
SunSport previously reported that the 51-year-old is set to become the joint-second highest paid boss in the Premier League, if he joins Spurs.
The former Chelsea boss is in talks with the North Londoners, having left Inter Milan at the end of the season.
But he is said to still be considering whether the budget to strengthen is sufficient with Tottenham in dire need of a rebuild.
Conte said: “I would like to have more experiences abroad.
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“I think that I am not someone who is happy with just a comfortable situation. I always chose the most difficult situation instead.
“As a player, I won everything it was possible to win, but I also lost a great deal.
“When you lose, it leaves within you the desire not to experience that again, so you do everything to transmit that to your players when you are a coach. It all comes from your scars and wanting to avoid getting more.”
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