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Ruud Gullit says Van Gaal set to join Spurs

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The former Chelsea boss claims Daniel Levy has already met with Van Gaal, and that a deal for him to take over after the World Cup is already in place.

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Are Tim Sherwood's days as Spurs manager numbered? Ruud Gullit certainly seems to think so. The former Chelsea manager spoke to BBC 5Live and indicated that outgoing Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal already has a deal in place to replace Sherwood as manager of Tottenham Hotspur at the conclusion of this summer's World Cup:

"I know for sure [Daniel Levy] was at Van Gaal's house, the [Spurs] chairman. I think it's a done deal, but you never know."

Right, so there's a little bit of ambiguity there. Gullit confirms that Spurs have had contact with Van Gaal, which isn't at all surprising, since Van Gaal has been linked to Spurs since Andre Villas-Boas left the club. By all accounts Gullit and Van Gaal are cordial towards each other, so there's no real reason to doubt Gullit's account of Daniel Levy meeting with Van Gaal.

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Levy already has a deal in place with Van Gaal, but that part of the story is pure speculation on Gullit's part. Even so, it's the strongest yet link between the 62-year old Dutch boss and the Spurs managerial position. And of course, we probably won't know for sure until the end of the season, at the earliest. I'm not yet willing to bet the farm on Van Gaal being a "done deal," but it's certainly an exciting development, if you're a Louis Van Gaal and Tottenham fan.