Spurs 'close to AVB deal'

Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be on the brink of joining Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be on the brink of joining Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas looks set to be named as the new manager of Tottenham, Press Association Sport understands.

The former Chelsea boss is on the brink of joining the north Londoners as successor to Harry Redknapp, who left the post last month.

Negotiations between Villas-Boas and Spurs are understood to be progressing well and he could sign a deal at White Hart Lane as early as Tuesday.

The appointment would see the Portuguese coach return to the Barclays Premier League just four months after his departure from Chelsea, where he was sacked eight months into a three-year contract.

Villas-Boas endured a torrid time at Stamford Bridge, with his ill-fated spell in charge dogged by claims of player unrest.

Jose Mourinho's former assistant appears, though, to have proven to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that he can steer the club back into the Champions League.

Spurs were denied a return to the competition by Chelsea's astonishing Munich triumph, which rendered their fourth-place finish not good enough for qualification.

It means the north Londoners will instead play in the Europa League - the competition which helped establish Villas-Boas as one of the most sought-after coaches in the world.

The 34-year-old's first full season as a boss saw him win an unprecedented quadruple at Porto, which included masterminding an unbeaten league campaign.

Villas-Boas' reputation has been tarnished somewhat by his spell at Chelsea, but Levy appears to see him as the best man to build on Redknapp's success.

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