Everton are set to bring in PSV Eindhoven technical director Marcel Brands from the Dutch club with a deal all but done for the 56-year-old, according to a report.
Dutch publication Voetbal International claim on their website that the senior figure is set to leave the Eredivisie champions this summer and link up at Goodison Park, having spent 21 years in the Netherlands at the likes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar.
He arrived in Eindhoven back in 2010 and has helped guide the club to three league wins in the last four seasons, as well as cup success, establishing a reputation as a man who sources top talent at a good price and sells on for an impressive profit.
Football Insider verdict
After last summer’s disappointing transfer window, where Farhad Moshiri splashed the cash but got little in terms of reward for his massive investment, it looks as though a change of tack is in order, and Brands looks the man to lead the revolution. Too much money was spent on stars either unproven at the Premier League level or lacking in the sort of quality that the Toffees demand and it seems as though a couple of those big-fee purchases could be on their way just 12 months later. So what exactly will Brands bring to Goodison Park? His knowledge of European football, especially around the likes of the Netherlands and Belgium, will give Everton a good chance to prise some top talents away for reasonable fees – as Newcastle did with Georginio Wijnaldum, a Brands signing at PSV. However, the step up in quality is huge, and Moshiri will be looking to avoid a repeat of the capture of Davy Klaassen, who has failed massively to live up to expectation.
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