Everton are reportedly set to hire former Tottenham man Steve Hitchen as the new director of football with contract negotiations already taking place.

According to Football Insider, Everton have offered the director of football role to former Tottenham recruitment chief Steve Hitchen with an appointment in sight.

Everton have been on the lookout for a new director of football after relieving Marcel Brands of the duties back in December last year. The 59-year-old left the club after over three years, during which the Toffees made some very questionable transfer dealings.

The Merseysiders have been on the lookout for a new appointment in the role and seem to have narrowed in on Hitchen as the man for the job. The 45-year-old began his second stint at Tottenham in 2017 when he was brought in as the club’s chief scout. Two years later, he was promoted to the role of Technical Director at the club.

Hitchen worked closely with former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and played a key role in Spurs’ rise to regular top-four challengers. However, the arrival of Fabio Paratici seemingly saw a shift of power with regard to recruitment strategies and planning. It led to Hitchen stepping down from the post at Tottenham earlier this month.

The 45-year-old has since been linked to several clubs, including Manchester United. However, it seems like Hitchen will end up replacing Marcel Brands as Everton’s new director of football.

As per the report, Hitchen was not entirely impressive during the interview process conducted by Everton. However, club owner Farhad Moshiri, advised by football agent Kia Joorabchian, wants the former Tottenham man for the job, which has led to the Toffees now finalising a deal to bring him on board.

The report further adds that negotiations over a contract for the Englishman are already taking place as Everton look to finalise the agreement and make it official. It will be interesting to see how Hitchen goes about his business once his appointment is confirmed as he, along with new manager Frank Lampard, look to guide Everton out of their current muddle that they have brought upon themselves.

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