Tottenham Hotspur have earmarked former Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Tim Steidten as one of three candidates to replace Fabio Paratici, according to Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.

The Italian resigned from his post as Tottenham’s managing director of football last month after his appeal against a two-and-a-half-year ban was rejected by Italy’s highest sports court.

Paratici had initially stepped back from his role at Spurs on March 31 following his ban made worldwide by FIFA  having been handed a 30-month suspension from football in January after his former club Juventus, where he worked for 11 years, were found guilty by an Italian court of false accounting.

Steidten, a 43-year-old former defensive midfielder who was sporting director at Bayer Leverkusen but left by mutual consent in March and has previously been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool (Football Insider).

The Guardian reported last year that Steidten puts a heavy focus on data when it comes to finding players.

Fabio Paratici

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SpursWeb Opinion

Tottenham need to move fast to get a new sporting director in place as it appears the appointment is currently holding up any prospect of a head coach arriving in N17.

Fabio Paratici‘s exit from Tottenham hardly came as a surprise to fans and realistically, they should have been much further down the line with their contingency plan for a replacement.

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