As exclusively revealed by Goal.com, the Roma general manager had emerged as Spurs' favoured choice for the technical position, as they aim to emulate the continental style set-up that they abandoned four years ago.
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Chairman Daniel Levy is keen to add and work with a recruitment specialist, as he looks to try the European formula once more in an attempt to aid new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
However, the Italian, who is under contract with the Serie A side until 2014, has waved away suggestions that he is in line to join the team at White Hart Lane, indicating he is committed to his current job.
"I have nothing to say on this matter as I have an obligation over here with Roma, it is a long project to which I am committed," he told ESPN.
It had been suggested that the 51-year-old, who speaks fluent English, had little input in his current club's transfer strategy over the summer as his importance has been recently reduced.
Further to that, Spurs sacked their chief scout, Ian Broomfield, last week, as well as another scout, Peter Senior, who left the academy beforehand as the upheaval continues.