Everton have made another move to try and persuade Sam Allardyce to take their manager’s job.
The Toffees have failed with a number of approaches for Watford boss Marco Silva, but that was only after an initial move for Allardyce failed.
Everton wanted Allardyce to take charge until the end of the season, but the former England, Bolton and Sunderland boss preferred a two-and-half-year deal at least.
Now having failed with Silva, they have revisited the Allardyce deal – more than a month after they axed boss Ronald Koeman.
Current caretaker David Unsworth is understood to be out of the running, have lost five out of seven games since Koeman left.
Now Everton are desperate to make a breakthrough this week.
Bookmakers have reacted to their new bid for Allardyce by making him odds-on, indeed Coral list him at 1/7 – making it an 87.5% probability that he lands the role.
“The size and intensity of this gamble suggests to us that advanced talks have taken place so it will be interesting now to see if a deal can be reached between the two parties as the Toffees need a lift at the moment,” said Coral’s John Hill.