Julian Nagelsmann reportedly spurned the advances of Tottenham in favour of Bayern Munich and the man who is set to replace him at RB Leipzig is also said to have rejected an approach from Daniel Levy.
Nagelsmann has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Spurs thought to consider the German their first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho, after the Portuguese boss was relieved of his duties last week.
But Bayern have moved to make Nagelsmann their new boss and are expected to pay over €20m in compensation to Leipzig, a figure which includes bonuses based on the manager’s success with the Bavarian club.
As a result, Leipzig have been forced to find their own replacement, with Kickerreport (via Sport Witness) claiming they’ve reached an agreement with Red Bull Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch.
And to rub salt into the Spurs wounds, the report claims that he too rejected them in the process, as Levy continues his search for a long-term manager with Ryan Mason in temporary charge.
A fee is yet to be agreed between Marsch and Leipzig, though the report claims this is a mere formality.
It will be interesting to see which manager rejects Tottenham in the process of joining RB Salzburg, and so on, and so on…
Former Spurs striker Darren Bent says he would like to see Spurs go after Howe, who has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season.
“Scott Parker would be a good one, I like him. But I really like Eddie Howe,” Bent said.
“I like the way he plays football and he did a fantastic job at Bournemouth. He’s available.
“Spurs did the Mauricio Pochettino thing where he rebuilt the club, got them playing really exciting football and got them to a Champions League final.
“But then they got to that four/five-year cycle where I think if Daniel Levy had invested a little bit more I think Spurs could’ve gone on…
“They need to start again. When I say start again I mean play that brand of exciting football and get someone who’s really hands-on coaching wise.
“I would really like Eddie Howe to get the Spurs job.
“Spurs fans may want a bigger name. If you start looking round the top of the Premier League, you’d have to say there are four/five teams that are ahead of them in terms of where they are as a club.
“But it’s not a quick fix so if you’re going to give it to someone like an Eddie Howe or Scott Parker you can’t expect them to go in the job straight away and get success, they need time.
“Spurs are some way off Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United…Leicester are miles ahead of them.”
The former Spurs striker added: “Daniel Levy is crazy so anything could be popping off!
“I’ve seen managers sacked at half time when I was down there with Martin Jol. Anything could happen.
“Whoever comes in needs to be given 2-3 years. Spurs fans need to realise that yes, they’re still a big club but in terms of winning the Premier League they’re miles off.”