Nuno Espirito Santo could turn down Tottenham job over a ‘number of issues’

Tottenham are set to hold talks with Nuno Espirito Santo over their vacant managerial position – but the two parties reportedly have a 'number of issues' to resolve is he is to become their next boss.

Spurs have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Jose Mourinho in April, with Ryan Mason initially replacing him as interim boss until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Daniel Levy has so far been unable to lure several targets to north London, failing to agree terms with Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca before pulling out of talks with Gennaro Gattuso.

Now the Spurs chief has turned his attention to Espirito Santo, who is set to leave Wolves upon the expiry of his contract next week.

The Portuguese gaffer is reportedly keen on taking over and will hold talks with Spurs in the near future, despite being previously ruled out of the running.

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However, The Sun claim his appointment is by no means a foregone conclusion, as a club source is quoted as saying: "There are still a number of issues".

One of those issues is understood to be over transfers, with Espirito Santo demanding a major say on any dealings behind the scenes.

But that will be a difficult wish for Levy to grant following the appointment of ex-Juventus official Fabio Paratici in June as the club's new sporting director.

Furthermore, Levy is also concerned by Espirito Santo's pragmatic style of play along with his reluctance to give young players first-team football.

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The Spurs chairman needs to fill his managerial vacancy sooner rather than later, with the first batch of players set to return for pre-season training on July 5.

According to the Express, Mason has been put on standby to potentially take charge of training if a new manager is not in place by then.

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