Spurs have continued talks with the former Portuguese Wolves coach this week and there is an agreement in principle for him to succeed Jose Mourinho, who left in April.
President Daniel Levy and newly appointed Fabio Paratici have stepped up their efforts to land Nuno, 47, immediately rather than wait until the European Championship is over when other coaches may be available. Roberto Martinez and Roberto Mancini are other admired coaches at the club, but they are still in the tournament as the preseason looms.
Spurs have not found it easy to find a permanent successor to Mourinho. Ryan Mason took charge of the final games of the season before the club considered either Mauricio Pochettino or Antonio Conte to return to England, both unsuccessfully.
Erik Ten Hag committed his future to Ajax with a new contract, then discussions advanced with Paulo Fonseca following his departure from AS Roma, only to collapse at the last stage. Gennaro Gattuso was then in the frame before Spurs restarted their process.
Nuno was also considered at Crystal Palace and Everton this summer after leaving Molineux after four years at the club where he took them to the Premier League and took them to Europe.
Earlier this week he was linked with Fenerbahce in Turkey but talks continued with Spurs to stay in the Premier League.
Paratici has studied coaching from Italy and Portugal since joining and although Nuno is based in England he could work in the club’s continental structure.
The team he built at Wolves had similar attributes to the Spurs squad – he played with a No.9 at Raul Jimenez and will look for Harry Kane to stay at the club. Wolves also used the beat with Adama Traore, while Spurs have Son Heung-min in that department.