Man United eye swoop for another Tottenham senior man (not Dier) - report

By Alex Stevens

Manchester United have joined Rangers and Celtic in the battle to land Tottenham recruitment guru Paul Mitchell, according to a report.

The Manchester Evening News claim the Premier League giants are weighing up a role for the man behind Dele Alli’s move to White Hart Lane.

It is said that the talent spotter has also attracted interest from Manchester City and another European giant Paris Saint-Germain.

The Manchester Evening News report that Scottish big guns Rangers and Celtic are also keen on a man with a reputation as one of the best recruitment men in football following his work at Spurs and former club Southampton.

Mitchell is available after handing in his lengthy notice at Tottenham last August to signal the beginning of the end of his time at the club he joined from St Mary’s Stadium in 2014.

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The 35-year-old remains on Tottenham’s payroll but left his day-to-day role as head of recruitment in February after being placed on gardening leave by the club.

At White Hart Lane, Mitchell was the driving force behind the £5million deal that took Dele Alli from MK Dons in January 2015 as well as the deals for defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld and midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama.

United have also been strongly linked in recent weeks with a £40million summer swoop for versatile Spurs player Eric Dier.

Sky Sports have reported on their website that Mitchell is a contender for the vacant Rangers director of football position, which has been created by Ibrox chiefs as part of a major overhaul of the club’s management structure.

It was also said that Mitchell “would consider the role” as he casts his eye at new job opportunities after leaving Tottenham.

It has been reported in recent months that Rangers have turned their attention to Mitchell after being rebuffed by No1 target Ross Wilson.

The Southampton head of recruitment and scouting snubbed the chance to return to his native Scotland in favour of remaining in the Premier League.

It is unlikely that Celtic will create a role for Mitchell as they appointed Lee Congerton as their new recruitment chief last month.

In other Rangers transfer news, the day of the long knives has continued as Caixinha has bombed another senior player out of Ibrox.

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