Tottenham set to sign Paul Mitchell from Southampton

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Tottenham look set to appoint Southampton's Head of Recruitment Paul MItchell, according to reports.

BBC Radio Solent has claimed that the 33-year-old talent spotter has handed in his notice at St Mary's and will move to North London, following in the footsteps of Lilywhites Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The appointment would raise questions over Director of Football Franco Baldini, is largely held to blame for the poor investment of the record £86 million transfer fee the North London club received for Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

The likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho were signed for eight figure transfer fees but have fallen way short of expectations.

One of the reasons suggested for the failure of former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was the club's inability to sign the players the manager wanted, and the inability to sign Joao Moutinho, who worked under AVB, to replace the Madrid-bound Luka Modric haunts Tottenham to this day.

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Having his own man on board will help Pochettino in his battle to turn around the good ship Spurs, and the White Hart Lane faithful will hope Mitchell can replicate Southampton's success in the transfer market.

Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all arrived on the South Coast during Mitchell's tenure and been successes.

Simply joining up the process from manager target to player recruitment will surely reap dividends at Tottenham; the only question is what relationship will Mitchell, Baldini and scout Iam Broomfield have.

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