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Everton appoint Leicester's key man to head recruitment

By Alex Taylor

Everton have appointed Leicester’s Steve Walsh as the club’s new director of football.

Walsh told the BBC on Thursday afternoon that The Toffees have given him a senior role at the club.

The move will see Walsh, 51, who doubled up as Claudio Ranieri’s assistant manager last season, take charge of player recruitment at Goodison Park.

The hot talent-spotter has been credited with finding the players who spearheaded Leicester’s against-the-odds title win, including Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez.

The Telegraph reported earlier this month that Everton had made an approach for Walsh and were offering him a position as their new director of football.

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He will now work in close tandem with new manager Ronald Koeman as the Merseysiders attempt to rejuvenate their squad and bring in some high-profile additions before the start of the Premier League 2016-17 campaign.

Walsh only signed a new contract at the King Power Stadium in May, supposedly keeping him at the club until 2018, and was also the joint assistant manager alongside former colleague Craig Shakespeare.

It is possible that Everton had to pay a hefty compensation fee to bring him to the club but, if he continues his effective scouting methods, it could turn out to be money well spent.

Koeman has only strengthened his goalkeeping department so far, with the experienced Maarten Stekelenburg and young prospect Chris Renshaw.

The club are also expected to let youngster John Stones leave in a £53million world record transfer, which would see Everton with a good transfer pot to delve in to.

In other Everton news, Toffee target Juan Mata has dismissed speculation surrounding his exit from Old Trafford after telling young fans not to listen to the media.