Everton tempt Koeman with long-term plan
Ronald Koeman is expected to hold talks imminently with Everton about succeeding Roberto Martinez as manager, although Southampton have yet to receive a formal approach and have made their own contract offer to the Dutchman.
Koeman returned from holiday yesterday and had positive negotiations with Southampton before he left about extending his deal, but has been made aware that Everton regard him as a leading candidate and could offer a far bigger salary and transfer budget.
The expectation around Southampton until the past 24 hours had been that Koeman wanted to stay at St Mary's, where he has twice led the club to their best Premier League finish, but the sense now is that he would like to listen to the ambitious plans of Farhad Moshiri following the British-Iranian businessman's investment at Everton.
Koeman has already indicated that he would be unhappy to have to oversee another summer sale of key players at Southampton and has pointed out that, at some stage, his ability to keep pushing the team up the table will depend on what resources are available to him.
Southampton will not get involved in a bidding war with Everton and, if Koeman's demands were unworkable, they would seek compensation and move on.