The News of the World says Jol's position as Spurs boss will be untenable should they lose to bitter rivals Arsenal in Saturday's north London derby.

And World Cup winner Lippi is well in contention to succeed Jol as the Tottenham board draw up their short-list.

The former Juventus coach has made it clear to Spurs chiefs he would relish the opportunity of managing in the Premier League.

He has taken a year off following Italy's win in last summer's World Cup but is now ready for a fresh challenge.