Everton are a step closer to making Ronald Koeman their next manager after agreeing a compensation package with Southampton, according to Sky Sports.
The Blues are expected to hand the Saints £5 million to prise the Dutchman away from St. Mary’s to take charge at Goodison Park ahead of next season.
Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has been relentless in trying to persuade Koeman that his future lies away from the South coast club, and is rumoured to have offered him a £6 million-a-year contract to move to L4.
The 53-year-old is believed to already held talks with Everton’s board about agreeing to take over from Roberto Martinez, who was sacked last month.
However, Koeman’s agent Rob Jansen stated at the weekend that talks were still continuing between the parties and that no resolution was imminent.
Those discussions appear to be nearing a conclusion now, though, after Southampton appeared to agree to let the Toffees officially hold talks with Koeman.
The former Ajax and Barcelona defender has been Everton’s number one target since Martinez was relieved of his duties in mid-May.
Manuel Pellegrini, David Moyes, Frank de Boer and Unai Emery were all linked to the managerial vacancy too, but Koeman was always Moshiri’s first choice from his managerial shortlist.
It is expected to just be a matter of time now until Koeman is officially appointed Everton’s new manager, and Moshiri is ready to hand him a £100 million war chest to begin rebuilding the Blues’ squad.
Koeman has been Southampton manager for two years, and led the club to an sixth place finish in the Barclays Premier League last season.