By Nick Ware

27th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

Newcastle United hold talks over move for Leeds United chief Victor Orta

Newcastle United have discussed the possibility of poaching Victor Orta from Premier League rivals Leeds United to be their director of football.

That’s according to professional scout Football Insights, followed by the likes of the Telegraph’s John Percy and Sky Sports’ George Elek on Twitter.

The account regularly breaks news ahead of major news outlets, such as this tweet on Sheffield United’s interest in Manchester United’s Amad Diallo during the summer, which was four days ahead of Sky Sports.

Writing via Twitter on Friday evening, they claim Whites chief Orta has been mentioned on Tyneside as the wealthy Magpies step up their plans to transform their football operations.

Football Insights wrote: “Internally, Newcastle United have discussed Victor Orta as a potential Director of Football candidate…but Michael Emenalo believes he will be offered the role soon.”

New challenge?

Orta is no stranger to the North-East having joined Leeds from Middlesbrough in 2017 after an 18-month spell on Teesside as head of recruitment.

He has spent the last four-plus years as the Whites’ director of football, emerging as somewhat of a cult hero with his eagle-eyed signings and sightings in the stands.

However, could he be set to up and leave for Newcastle?

It would certainly represent a different challenge for the Spaniard as the Magpies aim to join the Premier League elite as quickly as possible following their recent takeover.

They have lots of money to throw at it, funds that put them in a different stratosphere to Orta’s previous clubs, as well as the Whites.

But it seems that ex-Chelsea chief Emenalo is their main target, and he appears the likeliest appointment.

Therefore, Orta may be sticking around at Elland Road for a while longer, and with Marcelo Bielsa’s side suffering a tough start to the season, the transfer supremo may be required to work his wonders in the January window to address glaring issues in the squad.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to launch a seven-digit bid for this Brazilian centre-midfielder who tops Neymar in a significant statistic.