However, the latter has become the front runner over the last week with talks stalling between the Toffees and Nuno.
In a bid to perhaps win over the Everton hierarchy, it looks as though the former Wolves boss is ensuring he already has a list of targets drawn up for them to sign.
The outlet suggests that Nuno has told the Merseyside outfit he can bring the Irishman to Goodison Park if he’s appointed the new boss.
A deal could be done quickly as well with the Portuguese keen to lure him to Goodison ‘straight away.’
Doherty moved to Spurs for a fee of £14.7m almost a year ago but his opening year in the capital has not gone according to plan.
He didn’t suit a four-man defensive system and was quickly usurped by Ivorian defender Serge Aurier in the pecking order.
The Republic of Ireland international only started 13 times in the Premier League this term and has already been linked with the exit door.
That doesn’t exactly paint a radiant picture for Everton supporters but it’s crucial to remember just how well Doherty performed under Nuno at Wolves.
The 29-year-old enjoyed ten years in the Midlands and featured 120 times under the Toffees’ managerial candidate.
During that time frame, Doherty scored 19 goals and registered 20 assists, proving to be a stellar threat from wing-back.
The duo clearly have a good understanding between each other and with Seamus Coleman growing older, his arrival would be timely.
After all, he’s a proven Premier League talent. Speaking about him during his excellent run of form, Danny Mills called him “outstanding.”
Doherty’s fellow Irishman is the captain at Goodison Park but has just a year remaining on his current terms in Merseyside. As a result, they should think about finding an alternative or someone to provide competition.