EXCLUSIVE | By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Tottenham want to make a big statement in boardroom circles by hiring a senior Manchester United executive, Football Insider sources understand.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to give United secretary John Alexander an even more prominent role at White Hart Lane.

Alexander, 59, spent a decade at Tottenham before becoming only United’s fifth post-war secretary when he moved to Old Trafford in 2009.

He is highly rated at United for his diligence, knowledge and contacts by the club’s powerbrokers, including the Glazer family, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and manager Louis van Gaal.

A return to London might appeal for Alexander, as would a more powerful role at a leading Premier League club. He left White Hart Lane on good terms although it is thought he would not be interested in the same role he had six years ago.

Alexander, a former player with Millwall, Reading and Northampton, was secretary at Tottenham from 2000 to 2010, having previously held the same role at Watford.