Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Darren Staples

London - Tottenham hope to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager by the end of the week.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is confident of completing a deal for Pochettino, 42, to replace Tim Sherwood, preferring the Southampton boss to Ajax chief Frank de Boer.

Sportsmail revealed Tottenham’s intention to approach Pochettino on March 7. The Argentine is expected to sign a three-year deal, worth up to £3.5million (R64m) a year.

Levy is set to table an offer for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshayi, who has an £8million release clause, depending on Pochettino’s approval.

A condition of the managerial move is that Pochettino will be asked to conduct his media duties in English once he is appointed.

Steve McClaren, whose Derby side lost to QPR in the Championship play-off on Saturday, is in the frame to take over at Southampton.