Tottenham are hopeful they can entice Brendan Rodgers from Leicester City – nine years after he nearly landed the job.

Rodgers was chairman Daniel Levy’s “preferred choice” to replace Harry Redknapp back in June 2012 when he was in charge of Swansea City.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are lining up a new move for Rodgers and they believe he can be persuaded to quit the King Power Stadium for London.

Levy and the Spurs board believe the northern Irishman, 48, fits the bill as he has a proven record of developing and improving players while challenging for a top-four Premier League spot.

A major stumbling block for Tottenham is convincing Rodgers to quit Leicester, who are well placed to finish third and play in next season’s Champions League.

A hefty compensation package would also need to be paid to the Foxes at a time when Jose Mourinho and his sacked backroom staff are still drawing their salaries.

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Levy held talks with Rodgers nine years ago when he was at Swansea and establishing himself as an outstanding young manager.

Rodgers was very keen on the job but Liverpool made a formal approach first and he was unveiled as their manager on 1 June that year following the departure of Kenny Dalglish.

Redknapp was dismissed a fortnight later by Tottenham.

Rodgers figures prominently on Spurs’ shortlist once again, alongside the likes of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.

 

The Londoners face strong competition for Nagelsmann from Bayern Munich, whose current manager Hansi Flick leaves at the end of the season.

Tottenham are seventh in the Premier League, and suffered League Cup final heartache on Sunday as they lost to Man City.

In other news, Tottenham have set sights on signing an English striker after David Pleat transfer mission.