EVERTON manager Davie Moyes left the way clear for an approach from managerless Tottenham as they step up their search for Harry Redknapp's successor.
Redknapp's three-and-a-half year reign at Spurs came to an end last week and speculation over who will replace the former West Ham and Portsmouth boss has been rife since.
Moyes, Roberto Martinez, Laurent Blanc and Andre Villas-Boas have all been mentioned as possible successors, and Spurs have vowed to take their time over a new appointment.
The Glaswegian, who has forged a sterling reputation after a decade of over-achievement at the Toffees, has refused to rule himself out of the running, but insisted he was content with life at Goodison Park.
"All I can say is that I have had no contact and if I had had any I would have told my chairman (Bill Kenwright)," Moyes said. "I hope to meet all my ambitions at Everton but you never know in this game."
Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen's agent insists his client's move to Tottenham is still on, despite the sacking of Redknapp.
Spurs began talks with Ajax over the transfer of Vertonghen some weeks ago, but the two sides are still reported to be some way apart on their valuation of the 25-year-old defender.
Vertonghen, whose contract expires next summer, has made it clear he wants to move to White Hart Lane, despite interest from other Barclays Premier League clubs, most notably Arsenal.
The sacking of Redknapp, who wanted to sign the player in January, raised doubts over whether the deal would go ahead, but Vertonghen's agent Mustapha Nakhli insists the move is "very close".
"Nothing has changed at all. He is coming to Tottenham for the club and not for the manager," Nakhli said.
"Managers come and go. Of course Jan is sorry that Harry Redknapp is no longer there but he is going for the club.
"The deal is close, very close."