Tottenham emerging talent chief Chris Perkins has left and could join north London rivals…

Tottenham emerging talent manager Chris Perkins has left the club and is in talks over taking up a similar role with north London rivals Arsenal.

Perkins was brought into Tottenham from Everton just over a year ago and is well revered in the game after making a name for himself as head of academy recruitment at Derby County where a high percentage of first team players came from the club’s youth set-up.

Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici and former technical director Steve Hitchen had identified Perkins as the man to help identify the best young talent from the 17 to 21 age bracket who could be brought into the club’s academy.

Just 18 months later Everton were keen to take him back and made initial soundings as they became aware he was willing to leave.

However, Sportsmail understands that Perkins has rejected the chance of going back to Merseyside and instead is ready to take up a role at Arsenal to head up academy recruitment and will start next month.

Everton are currently floundering in 19th place and entering a new era under Sean Dyche, while Arsenal are top of the league and thriving under Mikel Arteta.