As chief scout turns down Arsenal to return to Spurs - We check out his top 5 signings at WHL

Kyle Walker

After QPR chief scout Ian Broomfield chose Spurs over their North London rivals, we take a look at 5 of his biggest hits.

It took a personal intervention from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to ensure Broomfield's return to Spurs, coming only a matter of days after he had been lined up with a ticket for Arsenal's game with Bayern.

The Express reported earlier in the week that Levy had moved to ensure his former employee would come back to finding top class players for the white half of North London rather than the red.

Broomfield, who has worked closely with Harry Redknapp for much of his career, oversaw a raft of successful signings that went on to be sold for huge profit, while other individuals have become top players while at the club, and despite making comments hinting at his

Below we look at his five best signings in his previous spell at Spurs, from 2009 to 2012: 

Kyle Walker

Identifying the potential of the two Kyles at Sheffield United was one of Broomfield's greatest moments at Spurs, especially as the one that has gone on to prove himself one of the country's best fullbacks, Kyle Walker, had played just 7 games for his home town club. Now a regular for England and arguably worth four of five times the £5 million Tottenham paid for him, it shows that Broomfield is fully able to spot the best domestic talent and convince Daniel Levy to fork out a healthy fee if necessary.


Harry Redknapp admitted upon signing the Brazilian that he had never seen him play, so "the Beast's" continued strong appearances at Spurs can be purely attributed to just one man, the one that tracked him at Internacional, Ian Broomfield. Now a full Brazil international and Tottenham cult hero, Sandro goes down as one of the clubs best recent signings, all for the relatively modest fee of around £10 million. 

Rafael van der Vaart

Quite how much Broomfield knew of the Dutchman's transfer to North London is open to debate given that Redknapp publicly thanked Daniel Levy for the deal. However, it is very likely the former Ajax man had been scouted to the extent that the club knew just how well he could fit in. It was no surprise then that Van der Vaart hit the ground running and ended his first season with an impressive 15 goals.

Jermain Defoe

Bringing Defoe back to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth was a successful if expensive move. The fact Broomfield brought Defoe to Fratton Park following Harry Redknapp's return to the South Coast club showed he knew how good a Premier League player he was. Once Broomfield moved on to Spurs he and Redknapp had seen enough to shell out nearly £16 million to bring the England man back to the club, £10 million more than they sold him for, but fully justifiable after he hit another 79 goals in the five and a half years that followed.

Emmanuel Adebayor 

Having the courage to bring the controversial former Arsenal striker back to the club was something the whole club should be commended for, despite there being times earlier on in the season when it looked like a poor move. The Togo captain first arrived on loan in Broomfield's last year at Tottenham, and is once again displaying the sort of form that once made him one of the league's best strikers.


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