There are reports Tottenham are planning to make Julian Nagelsmann their top target to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese fail to improve results.
Having started the season well Spurs are on the slide, having lost five of their last six games in the Premier League.
In that period the Lilywhites have also crashed out of the FA Cup 5-4 at Everton – with pressure now growing on Mourinho.
The 58-year-old is believed to have ’12 days’ to save his job – in which time Spurs play Wolfsberger, Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace.
According to the Telegraph, the club will use this period to assess whether to retain Mourinho for next season – or if it is necessary to approach RB Leipzig for their highly-rated manager Julian Nagelsmann.
The German, 33, is not willing to leave his current job mid-season, but is thought to be interested in a summer move to the Premier League.
Chairman Daniel Levy, having invested heavily in Mourinho, as well as very publicly gushing over the appointment on All or Nothing, wants to stand by the £15million-a-year boss.
But following the recent run of form, as well as murmurs of discontent from within the dressing room, Levy is making plans for either eventuality.
Nagelsmann met Spurs in the Champions League round of 16 last season, leading RB Leipzig to a 4-0 aggregate thumping of the North Londoners.
The former Hoffenheim boss is known to favour attacking football – something that much of the Spurs fanbase crave following criticism of Mourinho’s more defensive style.
The RB Leipzig boss was considered by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich before he eventually settled for Thomas Tuchel.
Nagelsmann was reportedly declared unavailable by the Bundesliga club, claiming it would be practically impossible to find a suitable replacement mid-season especially with the involvement of RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Bundesliga.