Everton are preparing to make a last ditch attempt to bring Christophe Galtier in as their new manager, despite the Frenchman being close to joining another club.
The Toffees are entering the second week of their search for a new head coach. That’s after Carlo Ancelotti quit in order to return to Real Madrid. The Italian had been at Goodison for 18 months, but left with three years still to run on his contract.
A number of options have been touted so far. Nuno Espirito Santo is one, but he looks set to join Crystal Palace instead.
Former boss David Moyes has also been linked, with the Scotsman the preferred choice of Everton chairman Bill Kenwright. Andrea Pirlo, recently sacked by Juventus, is also being considered according to reports.
But French outlet BeFoot (via the Express) claims that the Merseyside outfit are now preparing a move for Galtier.
The 54-year-old led Lille to the French title last term, finishing above favourites PSG by a single point. But he left his post just two days after that success, stating he felt his time with ‘Les Dogues’ was up.
And he is expected to take over at Nice, who he has verbally agreed to join. But Everton could be about to throw a spanner in the works.
Everton consider attempting Galtier hijack
The report states that with nothing signed and sealed as of yet, Everton are still hopeful they could lure Galtier to England.
As long as nothing has been made official with Nice, they are still free to approach him.
They will have to move quickly though, with his move to the Stade Pierre Mauroy nearing completion.
Galtier, who made almost 400 career appearances as a player, has also managed Saint-Etienne.
And despite saying Liverpool is his dream job back in 2015, he has more recently claimed that is no longer the case- which will no doubt be a relief to those on the blue half of the city amid the rumours of him taking over at Goodison.