The Independent claim Tottenham Hotspur have picked Feyenoord manager Arne Slot as their prime candidate to finally take over from Antonio Conte at the end of the season – after Leeds United tried to bring in Slot in February.

Slot, 44, is shining in his role as Feyenoord manager. After a decent 18-month stint as AZ Alkmaar boss, he joined Feyenoord in the summer of 2021. At the end of that season, he guided Feyenoord to the Conference League final.

This season, he has masterminded Feyenoord coming within an inch of winning the Eredivisie. They sit eight points clear at the top of the table – ahead of the likes of Ajax and PSV. With five games to go, the title is almost theirs.

Slot did endure some disappointment this week, knocked out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage to the side that beat them in the Conference League final – Roma. A 4-2 aggregate defeat to Diego Llorente’s loan club.

The Independent reported that Spurs are now eyeing Slot as their first-choice candidate to take over in the summer. It comes after Leeds made him an offer. Slot has since spoken about a move to Leeds, saying we are a great club.

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Tottenham pick Slot as their prime candidate as Leeds tried in February

He suggested that the only reason he turned down a move to Leeds was because he didn’t want to leave Feyenoord in the middle of the season. Leeds might still be interested. But, Spurs will surely prove more tempting than Leeds.

The Times say he has interest from four clubs in total – Leeds, Spurs, West Ham and Palace. But with Leeds and Palace without European football, and West Ham unlikely unless they win the Conference League – Spurs is best.

Dutch journalist Marcel van der Kraan told TalkSPORT that Slot was keen to join Leeds – but Tottenham are ready to offer more money. Now, it appears that a move to Spurs is likely, with the London club making him their first choice.

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