By Alex Taylor
Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh has informed the champions he wants to quit and join Everton, according to a report.
TalkSPORT claim that the Toffees have been interested in giving the 51-year-old a senior role at the club for some time and are close to bringing him to Goodison Park.
It is said that Walsh, who also doubles up as Claudio Ranieri’s assistant manager, has made his decision and that Leicester have reluctantly agreed to let him go.
The ace talent-spotter is 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.
He would work in close tandem with new manager Ronald Koeman this summer 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 keeping him at the club until 2018, and he is also the joint assistant manager alongside colleague Craig Shakespeare.
Everton would have to pay a hefty compensation fee to bring him to Goodison Park but if he continues his effective scouting methods then 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.