Marc Overmars could join Newcastle from Ajax and bring Erik ten Hag with him

Former Arsenal star Marc Overmars has begun talks with Newcastle about becoming their director of football, according to reports.

Intermediaries working on behalf of the Toon Army have identified the 48-year-old as the man to lead the club's new era – and the Dutchman is said to be interested in moving to St James' Park.

Reports in the Daily Mirror claim Newcastle's new Saudi owners have already made contact with Overmars, who has received assurances that he will be given the resources to realise the club's potential.

A flying winger in his playing days, Overmars has developed a reputation for identifying, recruiting and bringing through world-class talent at Ajax over the last nine years.

And, according to sources in the Netherlands, the Dutchman wants to bring Ajax coach Erik ten Hag with him to the north east.

Ten Hag, 51, has been linked with a host of high-profile jobs ever since guiding Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.

He rejected the chance to join Tottenham Hotspur last summer and is now being touted as a possible replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

A move for Ten Hag would depend on a deal for Overmars, who has almost three years left on the contract he signed with the Amsterdam giants in 2019.

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However, the deal included a clause which means he can leave the club after serving just three months' notice to join a side in one of Europe's top divisions – including the Premier League.

Reports claim it is likely that Newcastle will offer to pay Ajax compensation to to smooth the departure of the man who won an FA Cup and a Premier League during his time with Arsenal.

Personal terms are not expected to be an issue either, although Overmars has been told that the club's new owners have a shortlist that also includes two other candidates.

They are understood to be Lille sporting director Luis Campos, who is credited with developing the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho at Monaco, and Liverpool incumbent Michael Edwards.

Edwards is highly-respected in the industry and is set to leave Anfield at the end of the season.

Overmars, meanwhile, currently earns £620,000-a-year in Holland, including bonuses, but would expect to quadruple that figure at Newcastle.

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