Ajax coach Frank de Boer is top of Tottenham's shortlist to fill the void left by Andre Villas-Boas. The Mirror says Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini has identified Ajax boss De Boer as the perfect fit to develop young players, play stylish football and show a glittering CV.

It is understood discreet enquiries have already been made to sound out De Boer and his advisers about the vacancy created at the White Hart Lane club on Monday by Andre Villas-Boas' departure.

De Boer's assistant at Ajax is Dennis Bergkamp - a hero at Spurs' bitter rivals Arsenal - and it remains to be seen whether he would also be part of any potential set-up.

De Boer was sounded out in the past by Liverpool but stayed loyal and Ajax will be reluctant to let him go now.

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