Monaco director of football Paul Mitchell – who discovered Arsenal star Smith Rowe

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Monaco director of football Paul Mitchell - who discovered Arsenal star Smith Rowe

Monaco director of football Paul Mitchell – who discovered Arsenal hero Emil Smith Rowe – has ‘offered himself’ to Newcastle.

That’s the claim from Thursday night’s reports as lowly magpies hunt down a top talent-mark and prepare to spend big in January.

Top talent-spotter Paul Mitchell reportedly keen to join Newcastle

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Top talent-spotter Paul Mitchell reportedly keen to join Newcastlecredit: getty
Arsenal's New England midfielder Emil Smith Rowe is one of the key discoveries made by former Spurs and Southampton recruiter Paul Mitchell

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Arsenal’s New England midfielder Emil Smith Rowe is one of the key discoveries made by former Spurs and Southampton recruiter Paul Mitchellcredit: getty

Englishman Michel moved to French giants Monaco from Tottenham in 2017 after three years with the Red Bull set-up – Leipzig, New York and RB Bragantino.

Prior to assisting Spurs from 2009–2017, he was previously MK Dons Chief Scout and Southampton’s Head of Recruitment.

The now former Wigan and MK player, 40, is said to be keen to join Newcastle’s Saudi-led transformation.

In the short term, however, manager Eddie Howe will have to recruit proven stars next month to boost his survival bid.

Midfielders Jesse Lingard and Aaron Ramsey top the list of potential comers.

Manchester United are believed to be ready to sell West Ham target Lingard, not to lose him for free over the summer.

And ex-Arsenal star Ramsey is set to return to England this year after struggling since joining Juventus in 2019.

Barcelona’s £17million-rated centre-back Samuel Umtiti is understood to be the latest name on Newcastle’s wishlist.

Cash-strapped Barca are keen to forego the £220,000-a-week salary of the France World Cup winner.

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