There is friction at Everton between Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman - report
By Harry Sykes
There is growing friction at Everton between Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh over transfers, according to a report.
Sports site Bleacher Report claim the senior Toffees duo are not seeing eye to eye over “how to move the club forward”.
It is said that manager Koeman and director of football Walsh have different ideas on how to develop the team into a top-six contender.
Both men were hired at great expense by Everton last summer as the revolution of the team under billionaire majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri got underway.
Koeman was prised from Southampton and made the best paid manager in Everton’s history, while talent spotter Walsh was recruited from Premier League champions Leicester with the brief of luring top players to the ambitious Premier League side.
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Everton have showed in the last two transfer windows that they are keen to sign established top-flight players, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams all falling into that category.
The Merseyside club also won the race for teenager winger Ademola Lookman, who was signed from Charlton in January despite attracting interest from the big guns.
Bleacher Report state that both Koeman and Walsh are behind Everton’s public pursuit of Manchester United record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
The club are also said to have placed Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and Burnley centre-back Michael Keane at the top of their shopping list.
Everton are seventh in the Premier League ahead of their home clash against West Brom on Saturday, although they are eight points adrift of Liverpool in fourth position.
In other Everton transfer news, this Toffees superstar could sign a new £140,000-a-week deal within the next 24 hours.