By Alex Stevens
Everton are confident of luring a senior Manchester City backroom figure to Goodison Park, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the Merseysiders want to add one of City’s top analysts to Steve Walsh’s recruitment team.
It is said the recently-appointed Everton director of football is hoping to be reunited with Laurence Stewart after the pair worked together at Hull.
Walsh is reportedly confident of landing his No1 target for the position following a revamp of City’s backroom staff since Pep Guardiola took over as manager in July.
Stewart, a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, has been head of performance analysis at Etihad Stadium since the summer of 2014.
Stewart worked alongside Walsh at Hull when Nigel Pearson was manager and Everton’s director of football is keen on them linking up again.
Everton have been looking to appoint an analyst ever since the departure of the long-serving Steve Brown, who left the club this summer to take up a role at Manchester United.
In addition to two stints at Hull, where he also held the position of head of technical analysis, Stewart was also called up to be part of the England backroom staff for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Stewart’s expertise also stretches to rugby league where he was a performance analysis consultant to the Rugby Football League between May 2011-February 2014.
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