Ronald Koeman has agreed terms with Everton and is expected to be announced as the new manager next week.
Koeman has been reluctant to leave Southampton given that the club took a chance to bring him into the Premier League in 2014.It is believed he has been swayed by the amount of transfer budget that will be made available by new owner Farhad Moshiri.
Koeman’s agent Rob Jansen told Fox Sports in the Netherlands: ‘We have reached an agreement with Everton. Now, it’s up to the clubs.’
Duncan Ferguson will remain part of the Everton coaching set-up, and the club will have to pay up the final year of Koeman’s contract at Southampton, understood to be around £3.5m.
Koeman is keen for the deal to be agreed before he goes on holiday next week and he intends to start work at Everton the following week.
Koeman’s decision comes three weeks after Everton made it known that they wanted him as replacement for Roberto Martinez and initially it seemed that Koeman would stick at Southampton, where he had guided the club into seventh and sixth place in his two seasons in charge despite having to sell their best players.
While Southampton were keen for Koeman to sign a new deal and would have offered more money, their transfer budgets going forward would not have matched Everton’s.