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By Alasdair Mackenzie,
Fulham boss Marco Silva is reportedly a candidate to replace Antonio Conte as Tottenham manager if the north London club decide not to extend the Italian’s deal.
Conte’s contract is up at the end of the season and recent reports say that Spurs won’t trigger the option to extend it by a year.
Tottenham suffered a meek Champions League last-16 exit to AC Milan last week, drawing 0-0 at home to go out 1-0 on aggregate.
They are set for another trophyless season, having suffered an embarrassing FA Cup exit to Sheffield United earlier this month.
Focus is now firmly on achieving a top-four finish; Spurs are four points above Newcastle in fourth, but the Magpies have two games in hand.
According to The Sun , Silva is a ‘top contender’ to become the next Tottenham manager if Conte leaves.
The 45-year-old has overseen a remarkable season for Fulham, who have exceeded all expectations by fighting for a European spot following their promotion from the Championship.
With 11 games to go, the Cottagers sit in eighth place, three points outside the top six.
Former Hull City, Watford and Everton boss Silva has a deal until 2024 in west London but Tottenham could try and convince him to move across the city.
Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique are among the other names linked with the job.
Spurs are on red alert after reports emerged suggesting Manchester United are lining up a £100m swoop for Harry Kane in the summer.
Former Tottenham player Jermaine Jenas has expressed his frustration at the club's record in cup competitions , after Spurs were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United last week.
And Beyonce - yes, that one - is causing Tottenham a scheduling headache as the business end of the campaign approaches.