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'Money no object' as Everton bid to lure Koeman with offer he can't refuse

Farhad Moshiri identified Ronald Koeman as his number one target weeks ago - and he is a man used to getting his own way.

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Everton are on the brink of appointing Ronald Koeman as manager after blowing Southampton out of the water with an offer the Dutchman simply couldn't refuse.

That's according to the Daily Mirror, who seem convinced that Everton have got their man and placed the story on their back page.

Just reading the article makes me want to go for a lie down as it claims Farhad Moshiri will stop at nothing to tempt Koeman to quit St Mary's and head to Goodison Park.

It's all a far cry from just a few years ago when Everton were the paupers of the Premier League, struggling to come up with the funds to sign the likes Hugo Rodallega.

The Dutchman was initially reluctant to leave the Saints, who he guided to sixth place last season, and held talks over a new deal.

However, it appears the scale of Moshiri's ambition and vision (and lets face it, cold hard cash) has won Koeman over.

The Mirror claims Everton will double Koeman's wages to £7million a year, making him the joint-sixth highest paid manager in the world, something way out of Southampton's financial reach.

It is also claimed the 53-year-old will be handed a budget in excess of £100million as well as all the proceeds from the expected sale of Romelu Lukaku.

It's mind-boggling stuff and something my little Everton mind, crushed by years of mediocrity, is struggling to comprehend.

To cap things off Moshiri is looking to seal the deal for Koeman by selling him his vision for a new stadium, with reports already claiming the Iranian-born businessman wants Everton in a new ground within three years.

It's important to stress that nothing is yet confirmed and a number of reliable local journalists have yet to comment on the news. The Daily Mirror also has a patchy record when it comes to reporting Everton stories.

However, it appears at the very least that Everton are ready to do all they can to land Koeman.

And in football, money talks.