Sources: Perkins quits Tottenham amid Arsenal and Everton interest
Tottenham academy chief Chris Perkins has quit the club amid Arsenal and Everton interest, sources have told Football Insider.
The two Premier League clubs have made offers to lure Perkins, who has been head of emerging talent at the London giants.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month (3 January) that Everton had set their sights on luring back Perkins 18 months after he left for Tottenham.
The Merseysiders have been keen on Perkins taking on a similar role to his Tottenham position.
However, Arsenal have now entered the running and are hopeful he can be persuaded to make the short journey across north London.
The Premier League leaders have had huge success in identifying and developing talent in recent years, with Bukayo Saka the shining light of their set-up.
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They believe Perkins has the contacts and knowledge to help maintain their academy success.
Perkins joined Tottenham in the summer of 2021 charged with bringing the best young talent from the 17 to 21 age bracket into the club’s academy along with academy manager Dean Rastrick.
This following a restructuring of the Spurs youth set-up the previous year when Rastrick took full responsibility following the departure of academy head John McDermott to the Football Association.
Perkins has not only been working closely with Rastrick at Tottenham but also the managing director Fabio Paratici, who oversees the club’s entire football operation.
Tottenham Under-21s are coached by Wayne Burnett, while Stuart Lewis coaches the Under-18s after Matt Taylor quit to become the Walsall manager.
Perkins made a name for himself during his five years as head of academy recruitment at Derby, with a high percentage of players graduating from the club’s youth set-up into the first team.
He moved to Everton in 2020, where he spent a year and eight months as head of academy recruitment.
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