EVERTON want ex-Tottenham transfer guru Steven Hitchen to be their new director of football and replace Marcel Brands.
The highly-rated Hitchins left his director of technical performance role at Spurs last week.
Now he is ‘emerging as the Toffees’ first-choice’ for the post ahead of ex-Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell.
Following the arrival of Frank Lampard as manager, the Premier League strugglers are now reviewing their whole recruitment and executive operations.
The Mail Online claim that Hitchen has already held talks with Goodison chiefs and is ‘understood to have impressed’ with his vision for the future.
The 45-year-old is believed to have significant support from with Everton’s boardroom as they look to finally announce a new man.
The report states that Thelwell also has his admirers at the Merseyside club.
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And he has also emerged as a contender for the job.
He built a fine reputation during his time at Wolves before leaving in 2020 to become head of sport at New York Red Bulls.
But free agent Hitchen is thought to be leading the way.
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is ‘understood to be taking a hands-on role’ on the appointment of the new director of football.
However, more significantly, Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is bsaid to be backing Hitchen’s appointment.
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