It's not 'all made up claptrap'.
Paratici saw Gattuso as a better choice than Fonseca. As Gattuso became available, the Fonseca talks were ended.
But now the fan backlash has meant that Gattuso is off the table, so we're back to square 1.
Your conspiracy theory involving lots of journalists making up the same lie is incredibly unlikely.
And this is how Tottenham's search for a new manager is going.