By Sam Stone

3rd Mar, 2023 | 1:37pm

Newcastle United to hire Delroy Ebanks as West Ham United backroom staff raided - Fabrizio Romano

Newcastle United are set to appoint West Ham United’s head of academy recruitment Delroy Ebanks as their new lead scout (South), according to The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano.

The Magpies are undergoing a backroom reshuffle and will appoint Manchester City chief Paul McLaren as their head of scouting for the under-13 to under-18 age groups.

Ebanks will also move to the North East club and leave his role at the London Stadium.

“Understand Newcastle will appoint Paul McLaren from Man City (where he was national scouting manager) as Head of UK scouting U13/U18,” said Romano.

“Newcastle will also appoint Delroy Ebanks as Lead Scout (South) from West Ham where he was Head of the Academy recruitment.”

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It’s clear the North East side are looking to completely restructure after their Saudi-backed takeover. The Magpies are only heading in one direction and their performance on the pitch this season has smashed expectations.

West Ham will obviously be disappointed to lose an influential figure from their academy. Fans would like to see more prospects make it to the first team and over the course of the last year, there have been plenty of departures.

Sonny Perkins and Harrison Ashby have both left the club in recent times after failing to be given consistent first-team chances by David Moyes.

The advances of Newcastle are particularly hard to turn down at present. They have ambitions of being a successful Champions League club within a couple of seasons, so it’s easy to see why Ebanks would be eager to get involved in the project.

West Ham stood little hope in keeping the academy chief in East London. Newcastle have also poached a member of Manchester City’s backroom staff, so it’s clear there draw is fairly significant.