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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has made former Fulham boss Jean Tigana his top target to take over at White Hart Lane, according to a report in this morning’s Daily Telegraph.

The former French midfielder, who took Monaco to the Champions’ League semi-finals after completing the French double, has emerged as a leading candidate after Spurs’ protracted pursuit of Giovanni Trapattoni ended in failure. Levy and Tigana are understood to have held discussions about the Spurs job over the weekend, with the Tottenham board unperturbed by the way Tigana’s spell in charge of Fulham ended.

Tigana took the Whites to the top flight with a spellbinding style of football that swept all before them in Division One, unearthing such gems as Louis Saha and Sean Davis. He then reached the FA Cup semi-finals in his first season in the Premier League, leading the Whites into Europe for the first time, but disputes with Mohamed Al-Fayed disrupted his reign and he abruptly resigned with Fulham in danger of being relegated.