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Spurs linked with Athletic Bilbao manager

Tottenham have been linked with Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino as they step-up their hunt for a replacement for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Monday.

Former Chelsea, Juventus and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is also in the frame, although their preferred candidate remains RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann.

He though comes with a hefty price tag, both in terms of wages, and also in what Leipzig will demand in compensation.

Marcelino, who led Athletic Bilbao to the Spanish Super Cup, and has just presided over then losing tow Copa del Rey finals in two weeks, will come considerably cheaper.

He is under contract until 2022, but his deal has a clause which would allow him to leave for a reasonable fee this summer.

Ryan Mason has been placed in temporary charge of the club until the end of the season, and he got his caretaker stint off to a winning start on Wednesday night with a Premier League victory over Southampton.

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