Spurs to target Curbishley as Trapattoni negotiations falter

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Tottenham Hotspur are poised to make a fresh approach to the Charlton Athletic manager, Alan Curbishley, in an effort to bring him to White Hart Lane as a permanent replacement for Glenn Hoddle.

Tottenham Hotspur are poised to make a fresh approach to the Charlton Athletic manager, Alan Curbishley, in an effort to bring him to White Hart Lane as a permanent replacement for Glenn Hoddle.

The club's chairman, Daniel Levy, could switch his managerial hunt to Curbishley after his pursuit of the Italian national coach, Giovanni Trapattoni, faltered. Trapattoni's camp have grown restless with Levy allegedly "changing the goalposts" during their discussions, which are now said to be on the point of breaking down. Trapattoni also said yesterday that he would be happy to stay as the manager of Italy.

Spurs will not be able to bid for Curbishley until the end of the season as he has signed a new deal at The Valley and is also hoping to take his club to a Champions' League place next season. But if Charlton fail then Tottenham may have a realistic chance.The director of football at Spurs, David Pleat, is hinting that he may leave Spurs at the end of the season if a new management team, involving Curbishley, did not want him around.

Spurs are also considering FC Porto's highly regarded Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri, although the doubts about his future at Stamford Bridge cloud that option at the moment. Mourinho is on the market this summer but may attract a bigger club than Spurs, while Ranieri would be an attractive option if he leaves West London.

The AS Roma manager, Fabio Capello, has put Europe's biggest clubs, including Chelsea, on alert that he is ready for a move. The former Real Madrid coach, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the event of Ranieri's position becoming vacant, has admitted his interest in moving abroad.

"I would like to have another opportunity to coach abroad, especially in England," Capello, who has one year left on his current contract, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Only last summer, Roma came close to being excluded from all competitions after failing to have their finances in order.

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