Ronald Koeman is rumoured to be moving a step closer to becoming Everton’s new manager, according to reports in the Netherlands.
Southampton boss Koeman has been touted as the Blues’ number one target as they look to replace Roberto Martinez, who was sacked three weeks ago.
The Dutchman has been enjoying a well-earned break in the Caribbean, but speculation in his home nation suggests that he is due to hold talks with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, in the very near future, about taking over at Goodison Park.
It is believed that Koeman will be handed a hefty wage packet and a transfer kitty of around £100m if he were to accept the managerial role.
And Dutch journalist Tim de Wit tweeted on Thursday that the 53-year-old was already on his way to Merseyside to discuss the deal with Everton’s board.
Ronald Koeman staat op punt te tekenen als trainer van Everton. Is met zaakwaarnemer Rob Jansen onderweg naar Liverpool.
— Tim de Wit (@timdewit) June 2, 2016
Speculation was rife that Koeman had turned down the Toffees early last week, with reports stating that he was ready to sign a new contract with Southampton.
Reports also suggested that Everton would have to make Koeman the fourth highest paid manager in the Premier League if they wanted to successfully entice the former Barcelona and Ajax star to L4.
Sevilla head coach Unai Emery has also been heavily linked with the vacant managerial post, with talks said to be continuing between the Spaniard’s representatives and Everton.
Ex-Ajax manager Frank de Boer, former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes, who managed Everton for 11 years, have also been linked with the job.
Koeman is now 5/4 favourite to take over from Martinez at Everton, with Emery second at 5/2 and De Boer third at 5/1 with bookmakers William Hill.