Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will leave the Netherlands after the World Cup and would like to move to the Premier League.
The 62-year-old, who will lead his country to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane, with his latest comments his strongest indication yet that the move could be a serious possibility.
Tottenham's current boss, Tim Sherwood, is contracted until the end of next season but speculation suggests Spurs chief executive Daniel Levy is unhappy with the 45-year-old's work.
And Van Gaal has fuelled rumours that he could be the man to replace Sherwood, admitting that he is relishing a new challenge - with Tottenham a likely destination.
"I will definitely not be in charge for the European [Championship qualifying] campaign," he said after the Euro 2016 qualifying draw.
"I don't know where I will go next, normally I go with my pension, go to live in Portugal, but maybe there will come a new challenge.
"I have said before that a challenge should be a club in the Premier League. That's a challenge. Maybe Tottenham are coming but first we have to go to Brazil."
However, Dutchman Van Gaal may not be the solution to Levy's long-standing problem of finding the perfect manager for the north London club.
Indeed, Tottenham have struggled for stability ever since frictions developed between the Spurs board and former manager Harry Redknapp. Since then, when they finished fourth, fifth and then fourth again under Redknapp, Tottenham have struggled to find an identity - first floundering under Andre Villas-Boas before now falling off the pace in the hunt for Champions League football under Sherwood.
Had Levy and his executives simply put any differences with Redknapp aside, however - whether they were personal or from a business sense - Spurs would be in a much stronger position come this season.
In many ways, the current QPR boss is the one that got away for Tottenham. And - Van Gaal or no Van Gaal - there may be no one who proves a worthy replacement.
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