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Daniel Levy to kickstart new Tottenham era with blockbuster raid for thriving West Ham star

Jarrod Bowen and Nayef Aguerd of West Ham

Daniel Levy is hoping to begin a successful new era at Tottenham by landing a big-name head coach and a top star from West Ham, according to reports.

Antonio Conte left Tottenham by mutual consent on March 26. His contract had been due to expire in the summer but there was no way he could continue being in charge after his incredible outburst in the aftermath of the draw with Southampton.

Levy is hoping to appoint a world-renowned manager to replace Conte. A return for Mauricio Pochettino is a possibility, while Julian Nagelsmann is also high up on Levy’s shortlist.

Bringing in an excellent tactician such as Pochettino or Nagelsmann is probably the only way Spurs can prevent Harry Kane from leaving later this year. The striker’s contract expires in June 2024, which puts him in a strong position to negotiate a transfer this summer.

Unfortunately for Spurs, Chelsea have just sacked Graham Potter and this means the Blues will provide fierce competition for Nagelsmann.

Regardless of which coach ends up arriving at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a report emerging from France claims Levy has decided on his first summer signing at Spurs.

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Jeunes Footeux claim he has set his sights on a huge move for West Ham star Nayef Aguerd. Spurs are described as following his situation ‘closely’, as they believe he can provide ‘stability’ to their weak backline. Manchester United and Liverpool are also supposedly keeping tabs on the player.

The report names Aguerd as a centre-back replacement for Clement Lenglet, who is on loan at Spurs from Barcelona. Spanish outlet Sport recently revealed that Spurs are considering whether to land Lenglet on a permanent basis, but now it looks like they have changed their minds and will go after Aguerd instead.

Nayef Aguerd attracts Tottenham attention

It is no surprise that the Moroccan has emerged on the radar of a ‘Big Six’ Premier League club. He was signed by West Ham last summer for £30million but did not make his debut until late October due to injury.

Aguerd has since become an integral player for West Ham and scored against Southampton at the weekend. He rose tall from a Thilo Kehrer free-kick to head past Saints goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu in the 25th minute, and that goal proved to be the winner.

Due to Aguerd only recently arriving at West Ham, plus the fact he is already an important part of David Moyes’ defence, the Irons will only sell the 27-year-old if they make a big profit. The report claims a bid worth between €55-60m (£48-53m) will be enough for Spurs to strike an agreement.

Aguerd’s future will largely depend on whether West Ham stay in the top flight. There is still the possibility they could get relegated and if this happens Aguerd, along with several other of Moyes’ top stars, will leave.

In this instance, Aguerd will push for a transfer as he is simply too good to play in the Championship. And a move to Spurs could be attractive if the north London outfit manage Champions League qualification.

Relegation will also damage West Ham’s ability to demand big money for Aguerd.

It is clear that several things might have to go wrong for West Ham before Spurs can capture Aguerd on the cheap. But it is interesting that Levy is plotting such an ambitious move on one of Spurs’ London rivals at all.

Meanwhile, Monday’s Transfer Gossip claims Nagelsmann has decided on his next move amid interest from Spurs and Chelsea.