Date: 7th March 2017 at 2:21pm
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By Harry Sykes

Tottenham sacked a senior member of their scouting team last week after he made a number of transfer howlers, according to a reliable journalist.

Squawka correspondent Greg Stobart has taken to Twitter to reveal that David Webb, the head of elite potential identification, was axed by new chief scout Steve Hitchin shortly after he took office.

Hitchen is leading a restructuring of the London club’s recruitment operation following the departure of head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who has reportedly been placed on gardening leave and is free to find another job.

Stobart took to his personal Twitter account on Monday night to reveal that Hitchen is “now calling the shots” and highlighted two transfer blunders by the previous regime.

The journalist, who has a track record of breaking stories about Spurs, explained that the club rejected the chance to sign Euro sensations Ousmane Dembele and Alexander Isak “for [a] fraction of eventual fees”.

After a Spurs fan said Hitchen’s first shots should be fired at the person responsible for the howlers, Stobart responded by identifying Webb, and adding “he sacked him last week”.

Stobart explained that the London giants could have signed France winger Dembele for a bargain price of £1.5million in the summer of 2015, 12 months before he joined Borussia Dortmund for £12.6million.

Dembele has demonstrated his unquestionable value by establishing himself in the Dortmund first team with a series of eyecatching displays both in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

The 19-year-old has scored seven goals and supplied a remarkable 15 assists in 33 matches in all competitions for Dortmund this season.

Striker Isak, 17, followed Dembele to the German big hitters in the January transfer window when he moved from Swedish club AIK Solna for around £8million amid interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.

Tottenham are flying high in the Premier League but have been widely criticised for their recruitment last summer, with the signings of Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou widely regarded as flops.

The only senior arrival last summer who has fired is Victor Wanyama, who has started all 27 of the team’s Premier League fixtures this season.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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