David Pleat is set to return to Tottenham as a scout.
The Daily Mail says Pleat has been manager of Spurs on four separate occasions, three as caretaker, and stood down from his part-time role as a football consultant at Nottingham Forest last week.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp does not believe in a continental hierarchy - where a director of football is in charge of recruiting players, a role once performed by Frank Arnesen at Chelsea - but is nonetheless is understood to support the appointment, which would also provide assistance to the club's chief scout Ian Broomfield.
The 66-year-old had meetings with Tottenham's coaching staff this week and has watched some of the club's recent youth-team games.
The role would include him working alongside Tim Sherwood, the club's technical co-ordinator, who looks after the youth players.