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Sky Sports News HQ's Vinny O'Connor updates us on Everton's negotiations with Ronald Koeman

Everton are set to confirm the appointment of Ronald Koeman as their new manager after agreeing a compensation deal with Southampton.

An official announcement is expected at some stage over the next couple of days, once the finer details of the Dutchman's contract have been sorted out.

Talks have been taking place away from Goodison Park involving Everton's new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright, chief executive Robert Elstone and Koeman's agent Rob Jansen.

Jansen has already met with Moshiri to hammer out the compensation deal - thought to be worth in the region of £5m to Southampton.

James McCarthy (C) of Everton celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates
Image: Everton finished 11th in the Premier League last season, five places and 16 points below Southampton

Koeman himself is away on holiday but is keen to come to Everton after being promised a big transfer budget and having been sold on the ambition of the club, which includes a move away from Goodison Park.

Two of Koeman's backroom staff at Southampton - his brother Erwin and Jan Kluitenberg - are anticipated to make the move with the former Feyenoord manager.

Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman
Image: Koeman will succeed Roberto Martinez if he takes charge at Goodison Park

There were also reports that Southampton were trying to insert a clause into the deal that would see Everton unable to go for any of the Saints' players were Koeman to take over at Goodison, but Sky Sports News HQ understands that has never been part of the negotiations. 

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Sky sources reported over the weekend the Dutchman had emerged as the club's main target to replace Roberto Martinez following his dismissal at the end of the season.

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