Tottenham are holding manager talks in the coming days but have given up hope of enticing Brendan Rodgers from Leicester City this summer, Football Insider understands.
The Foxes manager, 48, was on Spurs’ original shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho along with the likes of Julian Nagelsmann and Roberto Martinez.
But Rodgers is not looking to quit Leicester and, barring a shock U-turn, has been ruled out of the vacant post.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that the club have suffered complications in luring well-established Premier League managers.
But one who is set to be interviewed is Fulham boss Scott Parker after his club’s relegation back to the Championship was confirmed on Monday night.
The former Spurs midfielder is also wanted by the Football Association for the England Under-21 job, although he could still stay on at Craven Cottage and lead their bid for an instant return to the top flight.
Critically, he has one extremely influential admirer in the Tottenham boardroom in chairman Daniel Levy, who thinks highly of him and is not put off by Fulham getting relegated for the second time in three seasons.
The Londoners have narrowed down their list of candidates in recent days, with Roberto Martinez now figuring prominently.
Martinez has a contract with the national team that runs until next year’s World Cup but is keen to return to club management and is said to be extremely enthusiastic about the Londoners.
Rodgers is set to remain at Leicester next season and lead what is now likely to be a Champions League campaign.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 win against a weakened Man United lifted the Foxes to third in the Premier League and eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham.