Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is closing in on a new deal with the club, according to executive director of football Les Reed.
The Dutchman currently has just one year left to run on his current contract and has been attracting interest from Everton.
However, the south-coast club are eager to try and keep hold of Koeman after he secured Europa League football for a second successive season.
Reed has revealed that the board and Koeman have already started negotiations and he feels they are moving in the right direction.
“Conversations go on all the time about planning for the future. Ronald has mentioned recently that he’s sat down with us at board level and talked about the five-year plan. There’s no point going into contract negotiations about finance and money unless you’re all on the same wavelength about where the club is going, Reed told the club’s official website.
“If Ronald is committing himself to the club for a longer period of time, it’s important we talk about our ambitions being aligned and that we are still trying to achieve the same things.
“We’re now at a point, as Ronald has said himself, where we’re actually getting down to the detail of the contract, which is where agents and lawyers get involved. Everything is going very positively at the moment.”