According to a report by ESPN journalist Julien Laurens, Lille manager Christophe Galtier is now set to quit Ligue 1 leaders Lille amid his links to Tottenham Hotspur and the managerial vacancy in north London.
The Lowdown: Galtier linked to Spurs
Reports over this last month have touted the Frenchman as a candidate to take the job at Spurs, with the Daily Express revealing back in late April that Galtier is on their radar.
Alongside that claim, journalist Jack Rosser of the Evening Standard name-dropped the 54-year-old as a contender to replace Jose Mourinho last month.
The Latest: Galtier ‘set’ to quit Lille
ESPN have now revealed that Galtier is set to quit his current club at the end of the season despite guiding them to the summit of Ligue 1.
It is claimed that his move away from the Stade Pierre Mauroy could be just one of 13 managerial changes in France this summer, with World Cup winner Laurent Blanc possibly in line to succeed Galtier at Lille.
The strongest competition for Spurs to possibly appoint Galtier would appear to come from Ligue 1, as both Lyon and OGC Nice are keen’to hire him. However, in a possible boost for the Lilywhites, it is said by ESPN that the former Saint-Étienne manager fancies a move to the Premier League.
The Verdict: Boost for Spurs?
Galtier’s links to Spurs have been sporadic but, if chairman Daniel Levy and co wish to make him a priority target, ESPN may have dropped a little boost.
With the 54-year-old seemingly close to quitting Lille, his stance of being eager to manage in England could put Spurs above the likes of Lyon and Nice for his signature.
Known for his aggressive high press, Galtier’s formation and tactics have been likened to Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa – potentially evidence that he could fall into the category of a ‘young’ and ‘dynamic’ manager wanted by Steve Hitchen at Spurs.
Tottenham could certainly do far worse than Galtier, and ESPN’s update could come as an incentive for them to strike.
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