Everton have made progress in contract talks with Sam Allardyce, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims that the Toffees have re-opened negotiations with former England boss Allardyce, 63, after previously reaching a sticking point over the length of deal that both parties wanted.
Allardyce was said to have wanted a long-term deal with the managerless Premier League club, but it is reported that the Merseysiders only wanting to bring him in until the end of the season.
However it is now understood that Everton and the ex-Crystal Palace boss have broken ground over the obstacle that saw discussions grind to a halt last time around.
The report also states that a double arrival is on the cards at Goodison Park with Craig Shakespeare potentially coming in as Allardyce’s assistant manager after the duo worked together for England last year.
Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season.
Sky Sports claims that the Eagles will be due £2million in compensation if the 63-year-old was to be appointed into a new role before the end of this season.
Football Insider Verdict
Farhad Moshiri was reportedly never keen on the idea of getting in Allardyce, against the recommendation of Steve Walsh. Moshiri isn’t an expert in football and it seems that his over-ambitious approach has been what has held the Toffees back in their search for Ronald Koeman’s successor. Allardyce isn’t the attractive option for the Blues, nor is he the one that the owner wants, but he is definitely what they need right now. Everton are drastically underperforming and will only get themselves out of this rut if a manager with a proven track record comes in and introduces some discipline. It seems there was none of that under Koeman and caretaker boss David Unsworth – who may now find himself out of work by the end of this week.
In other Everton news, this 59-year-old who was wanted by Moshiri has agreed a two-year deal.