Everton are set to name Leicester City’s Steve Walsh as their director of football, according to Sky Sports.
The 51-year-old has agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to take up the new position at Goodison Park after a £2m compensation fee was agreed between the two clubs.
Walsh is credited with finding the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante during his time with Leicester.
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Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is keen to implement the European model of having a Director of Football co-ordinating transfer business and scouting on Merseyside.
And the businessman appears to have landed his man after talks progressed over the past 48 hours.
Leicester had earlier rejected a move from the Toffees for Walsh’s services, but now appear powerless to prevent the former Bury and Chelsea scout from leaving.
Blues boss Ronald Koeman will now work with Walsh in identifying new targets to help strengthen Everton’s first-team squad.
Walsh joined Leicester initially in 2008 after he followed then-manager Nigel Pearson to the East Midlands.
The pair worked together at Hull again between 2010 and 2011 before the duo returned to the King Power Stadium.
Walsh was retained on Leicester’s books following Pearson’s sacking, and worked closely with manager Claudio Ranieri as they worked together to help the Foxes achieve their first ever league title.
Walsh agreed a new deal with the club earlier in the summer, but expressed his desire to move back to the North West to be closer to his family.
Everton had made an attempt to prise Sevilla’s Director of Football, Monchi, away from Spain to head up the new role in L4.
The former goalkeeper, however, turned down the offer to take up the position at Finch Farm.