By Wayne Veysey

23rd May, 2016 | 11:31am

Serial winner eyed by Everton as they prepare to open talks within hours - report

By Tom Tibble

Everton are to discuss a potential deal for Sevilla manager Unai Emery in the next 72 hours, according to a report.

Although Emery’s side lost out on Copa Del Rey glory after a 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in extra-time on Sunday, Sevilla have made exactly the kind of progress under the 44-year-old that Everton would have liked to enjoyed under Roberto Martinez.

According to the Telegraph, Everton have arranged to meet with Emery in the coming days in the hope that he can replicate the type of tenure that saw Sevilla lift the Europa League Cup three times in succession seasons since 2013/2014.

It is said that the 44-year-old is being considered by the Goodison hierarchy as the ideal successor to Martinez, who was axed at the end of the domestic season.

While the Toffees appeared to have regressed under Martinez, as 5th, 11th and 11th league place finishes would suggest, Emery has led Sevilla to unprecedented levels of consistency.

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The Spanish team have dominated Europe’s second tier of competition all while maintaining strong league positions, having finished fifth, fifth and seventh in La Liga over the last three campaigns.

Emery can already converse in English and has previously expressed his desire to work in the Premier League, putting the Spaniard among the leading contenders to take up the reigns as Goodison Park.

In other Everton news, a former Goodison boss has been linked to a Championship club.