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15th Jul, 2016 | 1:36pm

Report: Everton approach rivals for senior man, he pulls out of pre-season tour as deal moves closer

By Dominic Toner

Everton have made an approach for Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh, according to a report.

Walsh is credited with discovering hidden gems for his current club with the discoveries of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante in recent years, all of whom helped Leicester to an unlikely first Premier League trophy last season.

The Telegraph report that Everton have made an approach for Walsh and are offering him a position as their new director of football.

He is now believed to be assessing his options and has not travelled to Austria with the rest of the Leicester squad for their pre-season.

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.

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The Merseyside club have already experienced a huge change in their staff this summer with former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman taking charge as the new manager, and the Dutchman took with him his brother Erwin and fitness coach Jan Kluitenberg.

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.

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.

Koeman has only strengthened his goalkeeping department so far with the experienced Maarten Stekelenburg and young prospect Chris Renshaw and is now looking at Spanish striker Fernando Llorente as an outfield option.

In other Everton news, defender Leighton Baines has praised two of the club’s emerging stars.