• Premier League

Laudrup prime target for PSG

ESPN staff
June 14, 2013
Michael Laudrup is said to be frustrated with a lack of transfer funds

Michael Laudrup is the new prime target to take over at Paris Saint-Germain, a source close to the French club has told ESPN.

Reports earlier in the week linking Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas with PSG were not misguided as the French club are believed to be weighing up an approach for the Portuguese tactician, with some reports suggesting the Parisian club's move for AVB may also see them make a bid for Gareth Bale.

Yet after reports in the English media suggested Villas-Boas was keen to stay with Tottenham for another season at least, Laudrup has emerged as the new favourite to take over at Parc des Princes, with a source close to the club's Qatari owners suggesting an appointment could be made as early as next week.

PSG are eager to tie up a replacement for outgoing manager Carlo Ancelotti before he is given the green light to take over at Real Madrid, with the move for Laudrup seen as a glamorous solution for a club keen to promote themselves as one of the rising global brands of the modern game.

Laudrup's successful spell as Swansea manager appeared to edge towards an end on Wednesday when the spat between his agent Bayram Tutumlu and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins became public, with the Danish coach backing his long-term adviser when quizzed on his future by the South Wales Evening Post.

Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink's advisers have confirmed that PSG have been in contact to assess the availability of their client, who has verbally agreed to extend his stay as Anzhi Makhachkala coach without putting pen to paper on a new contract.

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