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New name from Serie A emerges in Tottenham manager hunt

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Italian press seems to think one of their own is London-bound.

Marco Luzzani

We've heard -- and cried -- about rumors that Max Allegri could become Tottenham Hotspur's next manager. Now, enter another candidate from Serie A. According to Alfredo Pedulla, Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic -- also known as 'Miha' -- is one of the candidates to take over the soon-to-be vacant managerial post at White Hart Lane.

You can read Pedulla's report here. Below is my attempted translation, though I don't speak fluent Italian, so apologies if something is lost in translation.

Sinisa Mihajlovic is on Tottenham's final list of candidates; they love him and appreciate his work. Contact has been made, and in the meantime, the English club is after Frank de Boer after admitting to losing out on Louis van Gaal to Manchester United. Denials might come, but that's part of the game. Even more so when we consider Mihajlovic did not give a definitive answer to Sampdoria about staying. He's calling for reinforcements and a big transfer window, otherwise he could decide to go elsewhere.

While Mihaljlovic won't be anyone's first choice -- he was mediocre as Fiorentina and Serbia boss -- he's not worth dismissing entirely. He's done a pretty good job keeping Sampdoria well away from the relegation zone this season and he's proven versatile so far this season, gaining success with a back three and a back four, and playing both one- and two-striker formations when he uses a back four. His team's played some pretty decent football and stayed up doing it.

This is being kind, though. There's no way Mihajlovic should be ahead of de Boer, Mauricio Pochettino or about three other guys we've been loosely linked to. He's almost certainly a backup plan, and we can't fault Daniel Levy for doing his due diligence on every qualified candidate.