By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham recruitment guru Paul Mitchell is set to open talks with Marseille, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that Mitchell is on the shortlist of the Ligue 1 giants to become their head of recruitment.
It is said that the French club are in the process of being taken over by LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and want to begin negotiations with the transfer guru.
Spurs confirmed in early August that Mitchell, 34, had resigned as the team’s head of recruitment to pursue “new avenues”.
The White Hart Lane transfer chief is understood to have decided to leave the north London outfit after growing frustrated with the club’s transfer business.
Mitchell is serving a notice period at Tottenham but is still officially with the club until a departure date is mutually agreed with chairman Daniel Levy.
Mitchell worked with manager Mauricio Pochettino at the Saints before he followed the Argentine to Tottenham in 2014 and it is said the pair worked closely and productively together.
It has been reported that the recruitment chief struggled to work with Levy, who is not only a notoriously hard-line negotiator but very hands-on in player recruitment.
Under Mitchell’s watch, Tottenham signed eight senior players, with the two major successes in Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli.
Mitchell was a defender and midfielder for Wigan and MK Dons before moving into the backroom setup there, when injury curtailed his playing career, and became a talent spotter when Karl Robinson took charge in 2010.
He is largely credited for Southampton’s hugely successful recruitment policy developed from when he joined them in 2012 and which sustained them in the early years of their promotion to the Premier League.
Levy brought in Mitchell as part of his club restructuring plan and had to negotiate a deal with Southampton, where he oversaw their recruitment and the analysis department, to land the transfer expert.
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