Everton in 'advanced talks' to appoint new manager as stunning deal offered - Sources

Everton are close to appointing China-based Vitor Pereira as their new manager, Football Insider has learned.

The Merseysiders are working on agreeing a three-year deal with the Portugese, 51, to replace his countryman Marco Silva, who was sacked last week.

An Everton source has told Football Insider the club are in “advanced talks” with Pereira and are increasingly hopeful he will snub a blockbuster new contract offer from his current club Shanghai SIPG.

The Chinese Super League outfit are offering an astonishing deal worth upwards of £20million-a-year to keep hold of Pereira, who steered them to the title last year.

Everton have set their sights on the Portugese as they look to have a new manager in place for this Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.

He has emerged as the favoured choice of the board after working their way through a managerial shortlist that has also included ex-boss David Moyes, Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti, Bordeaux manager Paulo Sousa and Unai Emery, who was sacked by Arsenal last week.

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Pereira has won four league titles in his 11-year managerial career, two in Portugal with Porto and one apiece in Greece and China, with Olympiakos and Shanghai respectively.

The Toffees have handed the reins on a temporary basis to Duncan Ferguson, who oversaw an uplifting 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday at Goodison Park.

However, Ferguson is not in the running to secure the job permanently despite his extensive knowledge of the club and obvious connection with the supporters.

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