Tottenham Hotspur still believe they can poach Louis van Gaal from the grasp of Manchester United and Monaco, who have entered the race for the in-demand Holland boss. United have been tipped to land the Dutchman with the 62-year-old available after the World Cup.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach sparked speculation recently by saying he wants to come to the Premier League. United are searching for a new manager following the sacking of hapless boss David Moyes this week but are understood to want his successor in place for the start of pre-season to help bring in key transfer targets after a botched summer last year.
This would not be a major problem for Spurs, though, with chairman Daniel Levy pulling the strings in transfer dealings. And while Levy would prefer to have his new boss at the helm for the start of pre-season, he is prepared to accommodate Van Gaal with him committed to Holland until the end of the World Cup.
The fact United want a new manager in charge for the start of pre-season who will dictate their signings does not apply at Spurs, which may well play into their hands in landing the Dutchman, a source close to the club said. Both United and Spurs now face competition form Monaco, though, who are looking for a new boss to replace Caldui Ranieri.
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