The Guardian says Ramos is keen to move to White Hart Lane having been assured by Spurs that there will be no problems terminating Jol's contract. The Spaniard is now waiting for a formal offer from Tottenham to confirm the basis of the deal presented to him during Friday's meeting with Spurs representatives.

For Jol, it seems there is no way back. Levy fears that the Dutchman lacks the wit to outmanoeuvre his counterparts at the big four - Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal - and feels that he would be neglecting his duties were he not to cast around for alternatives. Accordingly, he authorised Paul Kemsley and John Alexander to do a deal with Ramos at their meeting in Spanish city on Friday night.