Arsenal had gone as far as reserving a seat at the recent Bayern Munich match for QPR scout Ian Broomfield before the silver tongue of Spurs supremo Daniel Levy wooed him to White Hart Lane.
It’s a major coup for the Lilywhites and a timely boost, coming as it does days before the third instalment of the north London derby this term.
Tim Sherwood’s side last lost a home league clash against their bitter foes in 2007 and they can be backed at 21/20 in the draw no bet market at bwin.com.
While bragging rights might be the main concern at present, the return of Broomfield, who followed Harry Redknapp to QPR having previously worked with him at Portsmouth, should also have Spurs fans looking to the future.
Before joining forces with the manager you wouldn’t want to call a wheeler-dealer down the local on a Friday night, he’d worked at Leeds and Aston Villa.
When his journeyman playing career hit the buffs, Broomfield went into police work to play the bills, working on the serious crime and murder squads.
He was personally involved in the hunts for 30 killers before a chance holiday meeting with former Southampton skipper Nicky Holmes led to some scouting work for the Saints.
Later, during two Elland Road spells, talents like Lucas Radebe and Tony Yeboah, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Michael Bridges, Mark Viduka were unearthed on his watch.
Meanwhile he was instrumental in bringing defensive rock Martin Laursen to Villa Park.
Renowned for his strong network of contacts in South America as well as Europe, Arsenal had planned to employ him under chief scout Steve Rowley.
Earlier this month the Mirror suggested the Gunners had an £80m transfer budget to play with but Daniel Levy was able to persuade Broomfield to return to the Lane with a lucrative deal instead.