Diego Simeone is the top target of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri to fill the vacant manager’s position, according to widespread reports.
The Toffees are said to be considering four candidates, according to Sky Sports News, but Atletico Madrid boss Simone is majority shareholder Moshiri’s preferred candidate.
Simone has led Atletico to a La Liga title and two Champions League finals, attracting interest from some of the continent’s biggest clubs. The Argentine has contract at Atletico until 2020 and is thought to be happy and highly unlikely to leave the club mid-season.
Sam Allardyce is also said to be in the running, though it is claimed reports of an agreement over a £100,000-per-week contract are said to be wide of the mark.
Ex-England boss Allardyce, who left Crystal Palace in the summer, is said to be looking for a longer contract than the deal until the end of the season that Everton have reportedly tabled.
Watford manager Marco Silva and Toffees caretaker boss David Unsworth are also said to be under consideration.
Simeone has in the past expressed a desire to work in England and there is sure to be a queue of club’s ready to make the former midfielder an offer when he believes the time is right to leave Atletico.
Speaking last year, the 47-year-old said: “I still consider myself a young coach so I feel that it would be possible.
“There are many other leagues that would provide great challenges. But the English and Italian leagues are very attractive.”