Manchester United and Newcastle United are open to finding an agreement for Dan Ashworth’s move to Old Trafford, according to The Athletic.


Ashworth has informed Newcastle that he has received interest from Manchester United to become their sporting director.


Manchester United’s new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants the 52-year-old as part of a revamped structure behind the scenes.




Newcastle are likely to ask for a big compensation fee and extended gardening leave that could prevent Ashworth from working for Manchester United until next year.


The Premier League giants are likely to want to shorten the gardening leave period but are open to waiting until after the summer to bring in the new sporting director.



However, it has been claimed that there is an openness on both sides to reach an agreement.


Newcastle are afraid that Ashworth’s mind is made up about wanting to join Manchester United.



The two clubs are expected to hold talks in the coming days and an agreement could be reached next week.


Ashworth had to wait four months before he could start working for Newcastle after leaving Brighton.