Arsenal have acquired ex QPR scout Ian Broomfield despite reported interest from rivals Spurs who were attempting to re-sign their past head scout who operated under Harry Redknapp during his time in north London.
The Mirror reported the former head scout of Leeds United and Aston Villa will work alongside Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley and new academy boss Andries Jonker in a bid to develop their extensive scouting network.
Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy moved quickly to secure the talented scout from under the noses of their north London rivals who were hoping to reacquire their former ‘scouting supremo’, and will he apparently ‘spearhead a massive summer spending spree’.
Broomfield said last night:
The opportunity to work for Arsene Wenger at one of Europe’s top clubs, like Arsenal, was too good to turn down.
I appreciated my time at QPR with Harry, but this is an exciting challenge which I’m looking forward to.
Broomfield could represent a major acquisition if he does indeed hold extensive contacts in South America and Europe, and hopefully bolster Arsenal’s abilities to lure future exciting talents similar to the likes of Serge Gnabry and Geordian Zelalem over recent years, not to mention the more established stars.
He’s certainly had some top level experience over the years, especially while with Spurs as he played a part in acquiring Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris during his spell at White Hart Lane.
Strengthening this summer seems an almost certainty with the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Lukasz Fabianski and Bacary Sagna seemingly on the way out, so let’s hope Broomfield brings something to the table.