GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS
Tottenham are closing in on Antonio Conte after hitting a brick wall in their bid to bring back ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been battling to seal Poch’s return from Paris Saint-Germain after he told them he wanted to return to N17.
But with the Argentine so far unable to engineer his exit from the French giants and less than a month to go before the North Londoners start pre-season training, Levy is edging closer to appointing Conte.
Levy has been in talks with the former Chelsea chief, who is a free agent after leaving Inter Milan last month.
On the other side of North London, Arsenal have made an official bid for Norwich’s £40million-rated winger Emi Buendia, as have Aston Villa.
Both clubs, who are offering packages worth £30m-plus, are now locked in a major fight for the winger who is now certain to leave Carrow Road.
But Norwich, who do not need to sell financially, are playing hard ball and insist they want £40m for the Championship player of the year.
In other news, Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez are reportedly on Everton’s shortlist to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
The Athletic claim Toffees chiefs are exploring numerous options as they hunt for a new boss.
It is believed Gerrard has caught Everton’s eye after his incredible season with Rangers.
There are a host of other names on their shortlist, including former managers David Moyes and Roberto Martinez.