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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy plans to interview the Argentine as the club seek alternatives after losing first-choice target Louis van Gaal to Manchester United

By Greg Stobart

Tottenham will step up their managerial search this week and plan to intensify their interest in Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, Goal understands.

Spurs have been informed that first choice Louis Van Gaal is all but certain to join Manchester United, after the Netherlands coach agreed a deal to take charge at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

Pochettino has been at the forefront of the Londoners’ thoughts ever since they decided to replace Tim Sherwood at the end of the season - despite awarding the Englishman an 18-month contract in December.

The Argentine has been made aware that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy plans to grant him an interview and the 42-year-old has delayed contract talks with Southampton amid interest from White Hart Lane.

Pochettino has one year left on his Saints contract but the club is preparing for a summer of upheaval, with star players including Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana expected to leave.

He is admired in north London for the high tempo, attacking style of play he has introduced at Southampton, with the club comfortably sitting in eighth place in the Premier League table.

Pochettino’s experience in the Premier League is also valued as Spurs look to rebuild this summer following a difficult campaign and target a top-four finish next term.

Tottenham are expected to meet with more than one candidate and are also considering Frank de Boer, but sources in Holland claim the Ajax coach has major doubts over a move to White Hart Lane.

De Boer has just guided the Amsterdam giants to a fourth successive Dutch title under his management and has been linked with European giants Barcelona and Inter.

Contrary to reports, Tottenham sources insist the club have no interest in Moyes after the Scot was sacked last week, 10 months into the six-year contract he signed to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at United.

Tottenham initially wanted Van Gaal to replace Sherwood but for a while feared the legendary coach was holding out for a potential vacancy at Old Trafford. The 62-year-old agreed a deal with United executives in Portugal and is expected to be confirmed as the club's next manager.

Sherwood has led Spurs to 11 victories in 18 league games this season but was informed earlier this month that the club plan to appoint a new manager in the summer.

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