KIEV, UKRAINE – Andre Villas-Boas is thought to be close to being appointed Tottenham's new manager.
It is understood former Chelsea boss Villas-Boas could even be installed as Harry Redknapp's successor within the next 24 hours.
Reports suggest Villas-Boas is on the brink of signing a four-year contract worth £16million.
It has been suggested Villas-Boas is prepared to forego a potential £11million pay-off from Chelsea to take charge of their London rivals.
The Blues reportedly have been continuing to pay the 34-year-old Portuguese since sacking him in March, just eight months into a three-year contract.
Tim Sherwood looks set to be promoted to director of football at Spurs, with the 43-year-old one of few members of their coaching staff to survive the axe following Redknapp's departure last month.
Tottenham are said to have sought assurances from Villas-Boas that he had learnt the mistakes that led to his Chelsea downfall.
Jose Mourinho's former assistant was dogged by claims of player unrest during his ill-fated tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas arguably tried to change too much, too soon in pursuit of billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich's dream of getting the team to play more like Barcelona.
He also proved highly sensitive to criticism during his first major setback in what had previously been a meteoric rise in management.
Villas-Boas' first full season as a boss saw him win an unprecedented quadruple at Porto, which included masterminding an unbeaten league campaign.
And despite his reputation taking a hit since, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy appears to have seen him as the best young manager to build on Redknapp's success.