Kevin Phillips believes that the hefty compensation Tottenham would have to pay Brighton for Graham Potter is the reason why Nuno Espirito Santo is now the front-runner over the Seagulls boss.

If reports are to be believed Nuno is now the front-runner to be the next Spurs head coach, with the Portuguese manager said to have agreed terms with the North London club.

However, other sources continue to suggest that Tottenham could turn their back on the former Wolves boss and pursue the likes of Potter or Steven Gerrard instead.

If Spurs are to appoint the Brighton boss, they would reportedly have to pay £15m to South Coast club as the 46-year-old is tied down to a long-term contract.

Phillips believes that the expense of appointing Potter, along with the lack of time that Daniel Levy has to confirm an appointment, is what has tilted the race in favour of Nuno.

The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “Nuno is confusing me at the moment.

“He has nearly signed for everyone! It looks now like he will be the new manager of Tottenham. To get Graham Potter out of Brighton appears to be too much for Spurs.

“I was hearing it would cost them £15million so I am not surprised to see Nuno come back into the running.

“They need to appoint someone pretty quick, it has gone on far too long now. The Euros will be over before you know it and players will be coming back.

“It would be a big job for Nuno. Wolves to Tottenham is a big step up. He has showed that he gets the best out of his players though and he also plays an attractive brand of football.

“If Nuno is the choice, get it done. He is a good fit, it’s huge for him and there’s no compensation to pay either.”

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It is not clear whether the choice between Nuno and Potter is even one Spurs can make, with some sources also suggesting that the Brighton boss has turned down the North Londoners’ approach.

That is one of the problems that Levy is likely to be met with due to the way the club have handled our managerial pursuit as any candidate we approach now will know that he was not anywhere near the top of the club’s wishlist.

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