According to sources who spoke to Football Insider, Tottenham is in advanced talks to entice Rob MacKenzie, the head of recruitment at Aston Villa.
The Premier League leaders are negotiating a contract extension to bring MacKenzie back to the team, where he was employed for eighteen months between 2015 and 2016.
Following the announcement on October 9th that Johan Lange was moving from the Midlands giants as their technical director, Tottenham has set its sights on the Villa head of recruitment.
The Dane is scheduled to start working for Spurs on Wednesday. He will be in charge of talent spotting, analytics, and recruitment for both the senior and academy sides of the organization.
Reuniting Lange with MacKenzie, who has been Villa’s head of recruitment since August 2020, is something Tottenham is eager to do.
After earning his reputation as head of player identification at Tottenham, where he recommended scouting targets to the club’s transfer squad, he has held key recruitment roles at Derby County and Belgian club OH Leuven.
After Monchi became the team’s head of football operations in the summer, thereby putting the Spaniard in charge of first-team recruiting, Lange was forced out of Villa.
During Lange’s three-year tenure at the club, NSWE, the owners of Villa, expressed concerns regarding his transfer history.
He oversaw the big-money signings of more successful athletes like Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash, but he was also in charge of signing failures like Bertrand Traore, Morgan Sanson, and Leon Bailey.
Lange was Villa’s worldwide director of football development starting in June 2023. Prior to that, he was the sporting director starting in 2020.