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Man Utd attempting to ‘hijack’ Liverpool deal for technical director as saga takes fresh twist

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Man Utd attempting to ‘hijack’ Liverpool deal for technical director as saga takes fresh twist

Manchester United are reportedly attempting to hijack Liverpool’s move for a new technical director – in a fresh twist to the developing saga.

Reports emerged on Monday evening that United had lodged an approach to appoint former Blackburn and Leeds winger Jason Wilcox as the club’s new technical director.

Wilcox, who is currently director of football at Championship side Southampton, would work as part of United’s new recruitment structure, which is a key priority for new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Sky Sports reported that Southampton had rejected the approach, as they believed that they were due a higher compensation figure.

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The Saints were said to be ‘angered’ at the ‘manner and timing’ of the approach, although United believed they have acted respectfully at all times.

Fabrizio Romano then sensationally claimed that Wilcox had resigned from his role, although other sources have since clarified that the former Manchester City academy director has instead simply informed the club of his desire to leave.

If he resigns, Wilcox would have to serve a 12-month notice period before moving to Old Trafford. SPORTbible has contacted Southampton, who are yet to comment on the matter,

Amid the initial saga, there was no mention of another club being involved – indicating that United effectively had an unrivalled run at attempting to appoint the 53-year-old.

But according to the London Evening Standard, that is not the case – as Liverpool are said to have already agreed compensation with Southampton.

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It is claimed that the Reds have agreed to pay one year of Wilcox’s salary, of which is unknown. He joined the club last summer after departing his role at City.

The report adds that United’s move for Wilcox is effectively a ‘hijack’ of Liverpool’s deal, with both clubs now doing battle to appoint the Southampton man.

United are said to be ‘hopeful’ of doing the deal, with Liverpool having already assembled their own brand-new sporting structure which already contains Michael Edwards and ex-Bournemouth chief Richard Hughes.

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