Everton have reportedly made an approach towards Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim as their search for a successor to Carlo Ancelotti takes an unexpected twist.
The Toffees are scouring the globe for a new boss after Ancelotti upped sticks and left to return to Real Madrid. As such, a number of managers have been linked with the Goodison hotseat. Those have ranged from Roberto Martinez, Nuno Espirito Santo and even David Moyes.
Former Lille coach Christophe Galtier has also been touted as a contender. And reports on Thursday morning also suggested former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was leading the race.
However, there is a belief in the Turkish media that all those names are a smokescreen for the man actually wanted. As per Fotospor, the man at the top of their wishlist is actually Terim.
He is currently in charge at Galatarsaray for the fourth time in his career, having also had spells in Italy with Fiorentina and AC Milan.
As per the article, the Toffees and Ligue 1 champions Lille are both keen to appoint the experienced Terim.
However, it seems it’s the Merseysiders who have the advantage. That’s after Nazenin Ansari, the wife of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri, told Persian TV channel that Terim has already held talks with the club.
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She states that director of football Marcel Brands ‘had a meeting’ with Terim to discuss his plans for Everton.
It’s suggested he is the express wish of Moshiri, with Everton now believed to have tabled an offer for the 67-year-old.
Furthermore, Everton may not have to pay a fee to land Terim. That’s because he’s likely to lose his post as coach amid presidential elections at Galatasaray. They state his main supporter, Burak Elmas, is likely to lose his seat. And his successor is expected to steer the Turkish outfit in another direction.
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The 25-year-old has a contract with PSV until 2023 but it is expected to leave this summer. The Dutch giants are ready to cash in and reports last week claimed the Toffees are very keen on landing Dumfries.
Indeed, he is seen by the club as the dream long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman.
The link comes as no great surprise, given that Brands is the technical director of the Goodison Park outfit. Brands previously worked as a director with the Dutch giants.
In addition, they claim that Dumfries is also keen on a move. Indeed, the report states the player feels the ‘time seems ripe for a nice transfer’.