Date: 17th July 2019 at 11:54pm
Written by:

David Ornstein is set to leave his post as BBC Sports reporter.

The man who Arsenal fans regularly turn to for news and reliable transfer talk is leaving the corporation after 12 years to join American sports website The Athletic.

The subscription site is on a hiring spree ahead of its UK launch later this summer. Times sports editor Alex Kay-Jelski has already signed up, as have Yorkshire Post chief football writer Phil Hay and Liverpool Echo reporter James Pearce.

Ornstein has become a bit of an icon amongst the Gunners fanbase for breaking transfer stories on Twitter. He’s approaching half-a-million followers on the social media app.

His new home, The Athletic is believed to be hiring up to 55 staff for its UK operation. It is based on a subscription model of around £8 per month and does not feature advertising. It is backed by almost $100m of funding and is set to rival the UK’s biggest sports news services.