Tottenham 'in advanced talks' with Paulo Fonseca, the man AXED by Roma to make way for Jose Mourinho

TOTTENHAM are reportedly in 'advanced talks' with Paulo Fonseca – the man Jose Mourinho replaced at Roma.

Portuguese Fonseca, who has previously managed Porto, Braga and Shaktar Donetsk, is said to have had direct talks with incoming Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici.

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Sky Sport Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano says Paratici and Fonseca are discussing a potential three-year deal until June 2024.

Both parties are said to be 'confident' of agreeing to terms.

Spurs have turned to the former Roma boss after talks with Antonio Conte collapsed last week.

As SunSport revealed – and despite his stellar track record – Tottenham were not willing to agree to Conte's demands, which included hiring his full staff and guarantees over transfer budget.

Spurs also had concerns at Conte's poor track record of nurturing and developing young talent.

Daniel Levy had previously tried to lure former boss Mauricio Pochettino back to north London, but he decided to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.

Fonseca failed to get Roma back to the Champions League in two seasons in the Eternal City.

He finished seventh in 2019-20 and only managed a fifth-placed finish last season.

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He was sacked to make way for SunSport columnist Jose Mourinho after the Special One was axed at Tottenham days before the League Cup final.

Fonseca also drew huge criticism for his struggles in big games while in charge of Roma – winning just four of 24 games against Serie A's top sides during his reign.

He had previously won three successive Ukrainian Doubles with Shaktar between 2016 and 2019, as well as leading Braga to the Portuguese Cup for the first time in their history.

Fonseca famously wore a Zorro costume after his Shakhtar side beat Man City to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2017.

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