Tottenham Hotspur have been handed renewed hope in their pursuit of Fabio Capello with the Italian's contract situation opening the doors on a move to White Hart Lane.

The former England boss signed a two-year deal with the Russian FA in 2012 when he succeeded Dick Advocaat.

He has since led them successfully to next summer's World Cup, topping their qualification group ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

The Italian has been in negotiations over an extension until 2018, when Russia will host international football's premier competition.

However, after over a month of talks, and despite Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko having declared that all technical points had been agreed upon, the 67-year-old's signature is still missing.

Moreover, following the latest executive committee meeting of the Russian FA on Wednesday morning - where Capello was present - the contract situation was NOT discussed.

And that situation will only encourage Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini in their pursuit of the five-time Serie A-winning coach.

Capello has a long-standing association with Baldini, who acted as his assistant manager with England during Capello's four years in charge of the Three Lions.

The pair have also worked together at Roma and Real Madrid - winning league titles on both occasions.