Confirmed: Tottenham to make transfer move
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Tottenham intend to appoint a new director of football who is in charge of transfers.
The Spurs manager explained on Friday that the north Londoners want a senior transfer guru to replace outgoing recruitment chief Paul Mitchell.
The 34-year-old resigned from his post in August amid reports that he had fallen out with chairman Daniel Levy over a number of summer transfer targets.
It was widely suggested that Mitchell, who followed Pochettino from Southampton to White Hart Lane, was furious that Spurs failed to meet the wage demands of striker Michy Batshuayi, who chose to join Chelsea instead.
Mitchell, who is still employed by Tottenham while he serves his notice at the club, has been linked to a move to French club Marseille, which is ironically Batshuayi’s former club.
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Pochettino, who signed a five-year Tottenham contract in May, says the club plans to replace Mitchell with a new technical director.
“Paul Mitchell is still working for us, but it’s a normal process to find another person who can cope with his job in the future. It is true here at Tottenham, we need to replace him. The club believes that, not only me,” Pochettino said, as quoted by ESPN FC.
Spurs made five senior signings during the summer window, but Victor Wanyama is the only one to make an impact for the first team.
Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko have struggled to justify their transfer fees, while Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Pau Lopez have had little involvement.
Tottenham, who beat CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League, travel to Manchester United on Sunday seeking their third consecutive win.
In other Tottenham news, the club have opened defender talks ahead of the January transfer window.