By Alan Hutton

2nd Jul, 2021 | 7:15am

Tottenham hero fears Nuno and Paratici are already clashing over signings after £15.5m Sky update

Alan Hutton has warned Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici could end up “butting heads” over transfers at Tottenham.

The Spurs idol and former defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the director of football would be leading the charge for new signings instead of the manager.

As reported by Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas on Sunday (June 27th), Spurs had opened talks to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu before Nuno’s appointment on Wednesday.

In an update on Thursday (July 1st), Thomas stated Tottenham have seen a £15.5million offer rejected by Bologna.

Tomiyasu is said to be valued at £17.2million by the Italian outfit.

Hutton admitted Spurs were right to get the ball rolling on new signings before appointing a new manager.

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However, he warned of friction between Nuno and Paratici if the Portuguese boss is not heavily involved in the transfer process.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I understand the situation they’re in. They need to be active at the moment, they need to be moving forward and they have to have their eye on targets.

“Paratici will be in charge at the moment, he’ll be making most of the footballing decisions but you have to be wary.

“If you’re bringing in a manager, especially an elite manager, he wants to be part of that. Making the decisions on who comes out and who goes out of his squad ultimately.

“It’s a very difficult situation to be in but they have to move forward and they have to make a decision now. Paratici is the head of football, he was brought in for that.

“He’s got a wealth of experience behind him, he’ll know what he’s doing. He will know the European market as well so they’ll definitely have targets but it is a difficult one.

“What if the director of football brings in three, four players and the manager doesn’t really like them? Or he doesn’t fancy them after a few months? Where do you move after that?

“They end up butting heads against each other. ‘These are the players I brought in but the manager’s not using them.’

“That being said, they have to move forward, they can’t stand still at the moment. If they do, they’ll be even further behind.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Daniel Levy has clamped down on Nuno demands at Tottenham.