Sources in Germany have been surprised by Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in appointing Tim Steidten as their new director of football, due to his lack of involvement in ‘sporting affairs’ in his previous role.

Tottenham are hunting for a new sporting director after Fabio Paratici stepped down from his role last month.

The Italian was banned from football for 30 months after his alleged involvement in Juventus’ capital gains trial and financial scandal.

Fabio Paratici

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Football Insider recently claimed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to appoint a new sporting director before he makes a decision on the new permanent manager at the club.

It is also thought Levy wants the new director installed before the end of the season.

Time is running out fast on that goal, but it sounds like Levy is making progress in the pursuit of a Paratici replacement.

Former Bayer Leverkusen director Steidten was named by Fabrizio Romano as a frontrunner for the role.

The German has previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool (Football Insider).

However, the latest from the Telegraph suggests there could be some doubts over Steidten’s suitability for the role of sporting director at Spurs.

With Steidten’s name being thrown around, sources from Germany have apparently “expressed some surprise that Steidten is under consideration” for the position in North London.

It is claimed that Steidten is “more suited to a technical director administration role” rather than getting involved in “sporting affairs” as is desired at Tottenham.

Spurs Web Opinion

Daniel Levy does not know enough about football to be able to compromise on the experience and knowledge his director of football will possess.

Steidten has done great work in the past, but may not be the right fit for what Spurs need right now.

I would be keen to see Tiago Pinto take the role personally.

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