By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens 

Eddie Howe has emerged as a contender to replace Roberto Martinez at Everton next season, according to a report.

The Sun claim new Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is interested in hiring the Bournemouth manager.

It is said that influential figures at Goodison Park believe Howe is a star manager of the future.

He has followed up promotion to the Premier League with unfancied Bournemouth by comfortably maintaining the club’s top flight status in their first season in the top flight.

Martinez’s position is under growing threat at Goodison Park following a string of poor results that culminated in a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard’s job could now rest upon him convincing billionaire Moshiri, who became the majority stakeholder in Everton last month, that the team are making progress.

Everton are 11th in the Premier League on 41 points, with their last performance in the competition an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.