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Man United eye Southampton sporting director Jason Wilcox

Manchester United are targeting Southampton director of football Jason Wilcox, according to The Athletic.

United want to make him a key figure in their ongoing restructuring of the club’s footballing operations. 

They have not formally approached the Saints, but the 52-year-old is reportedly aware of their interest.

Wilcox is highly regarded at Old Trafford, where he would likely report to a newly appointed sporting director.

United want Newcastle United’s Dan Ashworth to fill the role but are eager to avoid paying a hefty compensation fee to secure his services.

Wilcox has an impressive track record. He oversaw the development of talents such as Phil Foden and Cole Palmer during his time as Manchester City’s academy director. 

His potential move aligns with United’s broader shift under new ownership. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS Group recently secured Premier League approval for a 25% stake in the club following a wave of off-field appointments.

INEOS are the driving force behind the Wilcox interest and want to be proactive to clinch the deal.

His experience and proven track record in player development could be invaluable as the club seeks to restore its former glory.

Wilcox’s appointment aligns with INEOS’ vision of signing young and homegrown players to bolster their ranks.

The new direction is already evident in their transfer targets, with the Red Devils linked with starlets like Michael Olise and Jarrad Branthwaite.

United also want to bring in Brighton & Hove Albion’s head of recruitment Sam Jewell, but face competition from Chelsea. Jewell has previously worked with Ashworth.

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