By Wayne Veysey

7th Jul, 2021 | 8:33am

Sources: West Ham open talks with Man City's Newman

West Ham are in advanced talks with Man City’s Rob Newman over their new director of football role, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

Manager David Moyes has given his approval to the club appointing the 57-year-old to the post that has been vacant since Mario Husillos’ exit.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Newman is close to being appointed following negotiations but a deal is not yet finalised.

He has been sounded out by the Irons as they shake up a recruitment set-up that is one of the smallest in the Premier League.

Newman is currently the international scouting and recruitment manager at Man City, a post he has held since 2008.

The former Norwich City defender has previously had spells in management at Southend United and Cambridge United, and was also Kevin Bond’s assistant manager at Bournemouth.

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West Ham have made it a priority this summer to overhaul their recruitment structure and Moyes made that clear during his own contract talks before he put pen to paper last month.

The Irons announced last month that Moyes’ former number two Alan Irvine had stepped aside from his full-time role of assistant manager to become a “technical advisor”.

A statement explained that the Scot would remain a key member of the manager’s coaching staff without outlining what his responsibilities would be.

But he is not expected to land the director of football role, with Newman now the favourite.

The Hammers appointed Husillos as director of football when Manuel Pellegrini was manager but they were dismissed simultaneously in December 2019.

Robbie Cooke, who worked with Moyes in senior recruitment roles at his former clubs Everton, Man United and Preston North End, is no longer being considered for the director of football role at West Ham.

A major criticism of West Ham in recent years is co-owner David Sullivan’s over-reliance on agents for the club’s transfer business ahead of proven talent spotters.

In other news, West Ham have opened talks over the signing of 25-year-old and are confident a deal can be done.