Just when it seemed like Tottenham were going to appoint Paulo Fonseca, the deal has fallen through at the last.

That’s according to Gianluca Di Marzio, who took to Twitter on Thursday to announced that the Portuguese would not be taking over from José Mourinho at Spurs.

The reason for that is ‘tax reasons’, which is somewhat vague, but we can only imagine it had something to do with wages or something of a similar nature.

However, Tottenham haven’t wasted any time to move onto the next target, as Di Marzio reveals that ‘contacts have been initiated’ with Gennaro Gattuso, who officially walked away from the Fiorentina job on Thursday morning after a few weeks in charge.

The aim here would be to appoint the Italian as quickly as possible, since the Premier League side, led by Daniel Levy, have wasted enough time trying to find the right man for the job.

TuttoMercatoWeb backed this up soon after, claiming talks had already started with Gattuso’s agent, Jorge Mendes, regarding a two-year deal.

Furthermore, the former Milan player and manager, has ‘already given his availability’ for the Spurs job.