Former player Ryan Mason has been given the job on an interim basis until the end of the season, but Daniel Levy wants an experienced, attack-minded manager in place ahead of next season.
Sportsmail revealed that Ten Hag was under consideration earlier this week, and it has now been claimed that discussions are set to take place with the Dutchman.
Tottenham have reportedly set up a ‘direct meeting’ with Ajax manager Erik ten Hag
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reassessing his options as he looks to replace Jose Mourinho
Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano says Tottenham have ‘scheduled a direct meeting’ with Ten Hag, who is open to leaving Ajax this summer.
It is claimed that the talks do not mean the 51-year-old will definitely be offered the job, with Levy assessing his options after missing out on his top two targets.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has decided to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has rebuffed an approach from Spurs.
Mourinho was sacked last week with Tottenham struggling to make the Champions League
Sportsmail also reported on Monday how Levy will not allow his search for a new manager to drag long into the summer, with Ten Hag quickly emerging as a serious candidate.
Levy is eager to avoid a long drawn out scenario that will impinge on the new manager’s preparation time for next season.
The Ajax boss’ current deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he is likely to be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract, which will suit Tottenham who are working within a tight financial framework due to the impact of Covid.
Ten Hag’s side will win the Dutch title this season, Ajax’s second crown under him, and he could be tempted by a fresh challenge.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has rejected the chance to replace Mourinho at Spurs
Ten Hag is now a major contender to take the Tottenham job at the end of the current season
Sources claim Roberto Martinez would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championships with Belgium, while England boss Gareth Southgate’s work with the national team has not gone unnoticed at Tottenham.
Ralf Rangnick is also on the club’s radar, while The Sun have claimed that Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been offered to Spurs by agent Jorge Mendes.
Interim boss Mason, who lost the Carabao Cup final in only his second game in charge, is not expected to be in the running for the job on a permanent basis.