By Wayne Veysey

24th Jun, 2021 | 7:41am

Sources: Paratici is driving force for Nuno ‘major coup’ after Tottenham U-turn

Fabio Paratici is pushing hard for Nuno Espirito Santo to be the new Tottenham manager, Football Insider has learned.

This site revealed yesterday (23rd June) that Spurs are making background checks on the Portuguese as they line up talks with him.

A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that recently-appointed managing director Paratici is the driving force behind the surprise Nuno interest.

He is said to believe it would rank as a “major coup” if the Londoners were able to lure the ex-Wolves boss.

It is also a significant U-turn, as Spurs had emphatically ruled out appointing Nuno in the early stages of their manager search.

The 47-year-old is an in-demand manager after leaving Wolves by mutual consent in May following a four-year spell at the helm.

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Everton had a concrete interest in appointing the Portuguese following the shock departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid but have since turned their attention to Rafael Benitez.

Crystal Palace also came close to hiring Nuno but talks collapsed at a late stage.

Former Juventus bigwig Paratici, 48, was appointed Tottenham’s managing director on 12th June.

His quest to fill the North London club’s vacant managerial post has so far hit several dead ends.

Tottenham were in talks with phenomenally well-regarded Italian manager Antonio Conte but that move ultimately fell through.

Paulo Fonseca, the man ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho replaced at Roma, was also on the verge of being appointed until that deal also hit the buffers.

In other news, pundit claims Ryan Mason could be appointed permanent Tottenham boss after key development.