Aston Villa seem to have found a new hunting ground for club officials at the Emirates as the Midlanders have appointed another Arsenal executive for the second time in 12 months.
Head of business development Hendrik Almstadt is reportedly on his way to Villa Park just a year after former chief commercial officer Tom Fox quit the Gunners for chief executive role at the Villa Park.
Almstadt is set to become Aston Villa’s new sporting director as the club seeks to further revamp its football infrastructure, and the appointment is said to have been engineered by Tom Fox.
Hendrik’s duties will include improving Villa’s scouting network with emphasis on getting good value for money on transfer deals.
The German who had a similar role at Arsenal, was believed to be the brain behind the £15million capture of Brazilian defender Gabriel earlier this year.
Since Tom Fox’s arrival at the Villa Park as chief executive, he has been bent on improving Villa’s football operations and with Almstadt’s appointment already announced, Villa could be said to have taken another giant step in the right direction.
The initial plan by Villa chairman Randy Lerner and Fox was to get a director of football to work alongside the management staff but Tim Sherwood insisted at a meeting with Lerner that the position does not need to be filled, with the manager intent on having sole control of football operations including transfer targets; However, Sherwood is said to have vetoed the move for Almstadt.
Sherwood is hoping to seal the signing of Nice defender Jordan Amavi this week after agreeing a fee of around £9million, and Almstadt might immediately weigh in to convince Amavi to join Villa with other sides said to be on the defender’s trail.