Agent confirms movement in Everton’s hopes of luring Southampton ace

Ronald Koeman’s agent has told The Guardian that Everton have made an approach to ask permission to talk to the Southampton boss about their vacant managerial position.

The Toffees parted company with Roberto Martinez after an underwhelming campaign, with a host of names in contention to take over from the Spaniard on Merseyside.

Koeman has excelled since swapping Feyenoord in his homeland for the south coast club, leading the Saints to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League this season.

The retired former Barcelona defender has one year remaining on his contract with the St Mary’s Stadium outfit and there have been contrasting reports over what he intended to do in the immediate future.

The promise of money to spend should he move to Everton has seemingly turned his head, with there seemingly set to be major progress one way or the other in Koeman’s decision making in the next coming days.