Monday 26 September 2016

Everton swoop to nab Walsh from Leicester

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Steve Walsh will be confirmed as Everton’s new director of football today. Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images
Steve Walsh will be confirmed as Everton’s new director of football today. Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

Everton have issued a statement of intent after raiding Premier League champions Leicester City for their head of recruitment, Steve Walsh.

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Walsh will be confirmed as Everton's new director of football today in a potentially damaging blow to Leicester as they prepare to defend their title.

Everton have agreed to pay around £2m in compensation to land the highly regarded recruitment chief, who also doubled up as Leicester's assistant manager, and talks were concluded earlier today.

Though Leicester initially rejected an approach from the Merseysiders, Walsh made it clear he wanted to speak to Everton officials to set the move in motion.

Walsh has played a huge part in Leicester's recent history, discovering the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kanté.

Vardy was signed for a non-League record of £1m from Fleetwood Town yet is now an established England international, while Mahrez - rated at over £45m by Leicester - cost just £400,000 from Le Havre.

Kanté was relatively unknown when he joined Leicester from Caen for £5.5m last summer but last weekend signed for Chelsea in a £32m deal, representing a healthy profit for the champions.

Everton are determined to improve their infrastructure after a string of questionable signings and believe Walsh can help them move into an exciting new era with new manager Ronald Koeman.

Irish Independent

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