Baldini becomes Tottenham’s first summer signing

TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy has indicated incoming technical director Franco Baldini will oversee the club’s transfer and scouting policies alongside manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Baldini, who worked as Fabio Capello’s assistant during the Italian’s four-year tenure as England boss, arrives at White Hart Lane having recently left his post as general manager of Roma.

Spurs have previously employed Frank Arnesen and Damien Comolli in similar roles, before abandoning the scheme when Harry Redknapp took over as manager in 2008.

But Villas-Boas was said to be keen to return to the structure adopted by several of Europe’s top clubs and Levy is delighted to have convinced Baldini, 52, to assume the vacant position.

“Franco is extremely well respected in the industry, possessing an extensive knowledge of players around the world,” said the 51-year-old chairman.

“He will strengthen our football management team, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood [head of football development] across all levels on the playing side.”