By Harry Sykes
Paul Mitchell had agreed to join Nottingham Forest from Tottenham in the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the Spurs head of recruitment had settled terms with Forest after accepting an offer to become their sporting director.
It is said Mitchell had even lined up his first transfer at the City Ground, with Conor Hourihane ready to be prised from Barnsley.
But the Guardian report that Mitchell’s hopes of joining Forest and pushing through the signing of the midfielder ended when the takeover bid of American businessmen John Moores and Charles Noell collapsed.
Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute following months of negotiations after deciding the deal was “not in the interests of the long-term future of our club”.
It meant that Moores and Noell’s plans to install Mitchell in the technical director role and Gary Rowett as manager were over.
Hourihane subsequently joined Aston Villa in the January window as one of a number of high-profile signings along with the likes of Henri Lansbury, Scott Hogan and Birkir Bjarnason.
Mitchell is still on the Spurs payroll but was recently placed on gardening leave after handing in his extensive notice last August.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.