Premier League: Tottenham interested in Frank de Boer, says agent

Frank de Boer: Ajax coach favourite for Tottenham job

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The agent of Frank de Boer has claimed Tottenham have expressed an interest in making the Ajax head coach their new boss.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was at the club's training ground on Thursday as he considers candidates to replace Andre Villas-Boas.

Tim Sherwood took charge of the team for their Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham on Wednesday night after Villas-Boas was sacked in the wake of their 5-0 Premier League thrashing at home to Liverpool.

Sherwood also looks likely to take charge of the team for Sunday's trip to Southampton but De Boer, who has led Ajax to three consecutive Dutch league titles, is the favourite with Sky Bet to take over as boss on a permanent basis.

His agent has claimed there is interest from White Hart Lane, but there has been no contact between the two clubs yet.

Guido Albers told Voetbal International: "Through a number of sources it has become clear to me Spurs are interested, but that club haven't contacted Ajax so far.

"So we can't say much about it now. Frank isn't thinking about it. He is fully focused on Ajax."

Technical co-ordinator Sherwood is also in the running, along with former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle.

"Through a number of sources it has become clear to me Spurs is interested, but that club haven't contacted Ajax so far."

Guido Albers

Another former England boss, Fabio Capello, has also been mooted for the position along with Swansea boss Michael Laudrup.

Sherwood has refused to rule himself out of the running but admitted the role would have to be right for him and the club.

"I need to chat to the chairman and see what they're thinking but the immediate future is up in the air. I don't even know about the weekend," he said.

"It would have to be right for me and the club. The chairman needs to make the correct decision and find a manager most compatible."

Meanwhile, the club have rubbished suggestions that Villas-Boas had four of his seven summer signings forced upon him.

Reports have emerged that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen, players who cost a combined total of £56m, were signed by Spurs against his wishes.

It was also claimed Villas-Boas was only happy with the summer acquisitions of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Roberto Soldado.

But the club have insisted a transfer committee consisting of the head coach, Levy and technical director Franco Baldini, worked together to approve all new signings.

That view was backed up by Spurs coach Les Ferdinand who told US podcast Beyond the Pitch: "Most of the signings were perhaps suggestions to him, but he agreed to those suggestions.

"The bottom line is he agreed to all of those signings. It wasn't a case that the players were brought in and he was told 'You have to make a team of these players', because if you're a manager and that happens, you're destined for the sack."