Roberto Martinez is now the best option available to Tottenham after the club failed to appoint Antonio Conte. 

That’s according to former Leeds United hitman Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the latest in Spurs’ manager hunt.

On 26th May, Football Insider revealed Tottenham have held extensive discussions with Martinez, with two rounds of talks held before the Premier League season ended and a third after it finished.

That came after this site revealed on 10th May that the 47-year-old made a “huge play” for the Spurs job behind the scenes.

Whelan claims Martinez would have to be “desperate” to take the Tottenham job after seeing so many candidates come and go.

The latest of those was Antonio Conte, whose talks with the club collapsed last week after he failed to get the assurances he was seeking over transfers and plans to build.

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When asked if Martinez was the best option now available to Spurs, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “I guess so. 

“Only if he’s desperate to get back into domestic football and the everyday life of that. 

“You don’t get that with international games. You watch a lot of games instead of being on the field and hands-on. 

“If you walk into a club, they have to have everything set up in terms of recruitment, Tottenham don’t.

“They aren’t in the Champions League, so who can they sign? Harry Kane’s looking to leave and there’s potentially a big fine coming from UEFA over the Super League. 

“It’s a really difficult job.”

Martinez, 47, is currently the Belgium boss.

His side’s Euro 2020 campaign gets underway on 12th June against Russia.

In other news, Tottenham have made up their minds on signing a centre-back as a “huge” offer is readied.