Everton want their new manager in place by Friday, with Marcelo Bielsa, Sean Dyche and Ralph Hasenhuttl in the frame to replace Frank Lampard.
The Toffees sacked Lampard on Monday after nearly a year at Goodison Park, with former Leeds boss Bielsa the favorite to take over.
Bielsa is Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred option but the cost of the Argentine coach’s arrival means the deal is a difficult one to close.
Bielsa and his backroom staff will likely cost Everton up to £1million a month – a figure that would cover all of the coach’s support staff.
Bielsa’s peculiar negotiating style leads him to ask for a large fee which he then distributes to his entire coaching staff, which is a non-negotiable part of the package.
Although Bielsa is No.1 on Everton’s wanted list, it is understood the bosses are worried about the cost and making such big changes to their coaching staff structure.
Everton ideally wanting a manager with Premier League experience, Sean Dyche and Ralph Hasenhüttl remain in contention for the vacancy, should negotiations with Bielsa fail.
What happened with Danjuma?
Everton were very disappointed with the Villarreal striker’s U-turn Arnaut Danjumawho looked set to move to Goodison Park on loan – but is finalizing a move to Tottenham after Spurs made an 11th hour bid for the striker.
Over the weekend, Danjuma had his medical and the club even completed internal media to announce the signing.
However, the 25-year-old failed to show up to sign his contract with Everton – and started the first part of his medical at Tottenham on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Everton’s attack could be further weakened as Anthony Gordon could be on his way to Newcastle, because Sky Sports News reported Tuesday.
Gordon missed practice on Tuesday with a planned absence, as did Amadou Onana. The latter is back in training on Wednesday but there is no sign of Gordon yet.
Sky Sports News have contacted Everton for comment.
Newcastle are ready to make an offer and it is believed the player would be open to a move to St James’ Park.
Are Everton for sale?
In an interview published this week, Everton owner Moshiri announced that the club was not for sale. However, the Toffees hierarchy are looking for investment to cover a funding shortfall for the new stadium.
Moshiri told the club’s Fan Advisory Board (FAB) that he was seeking help in funding the construction of Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in a video posted on the club’s website on Tuesday but recorded before their loss to West Ham on Saturday.
This investment could represent up to 20% investment in the club, but nothing more.
“The club is not for sale but I have spoken to the best investors, really quality, to fill a gap [in funding] on the stadium,” Moshiri told the club’s FAB.
“I can do it myself and the reason I want to do it is to bring the best sporting investors to Everton. We’re about to do a deal. He’s not selling the club at all. He’s bringing more expertise in terms of sponsorship, business development and many specialized sports investors have this pool of knowledge.
“The stadium is the best performing area of our operation at the moment: on time, on budget. Once we get over the current underperformance, the fans can start dreaming with me. Stadium n “Has never been a luxury for Everton. For us it was a necessity.”
Everton’s next six fixtures
February 4 – Arsenal (H), kick off 12:30 p.m.
February 13 – liverpool (A), live on Sky Sports, kick-off 8 p.m.
February 18 – Leeds (H), kick off 3 p.m.
February 25 – AstonVilla (H), kick off 3 p.m.
March 4 – Nottingham Forest (A), kick-off time to be confirmed
March 11 – Brentford (H), kick-off time to be confirmed