Everton chairman Bill Kenwright says new majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is closing in on appointing a director of football.
The Iranian businessman, who bought a 49.9 per cent stake in Everton in February, has been working closely with Kenwright this summer to help improve the club, both on and off the pitch.
Ronald Koeman has been appointed new first-team boss but Moshiri, who also has a long-term aim of building a new stadium, wants to find an experienced director of football, with Kenwright confirming talks have already been held with some candidates.
“Farhad absolutely has a vision for this football club,” Kenwright told the Liverpool Echo. “It involves the Champions League and a new stadium.
“Is he going Roman Abramovic? No, I think that model is sort of gone, but he absolutely looks at Everton as his big adventure. He has been looking at football for his big adventure and met a lot of clubs and found the beating heart he was looking for in Everton.”
Kenwright added on the subject of a director of football being brought in: “What I have picked up in the last four weeks is (a director of football) is an important role and if done right it can add to a football club.
“It is modern football and if you get the right one it is a big plus. We are talking to various directors of football and Ronald has worked with a lot of them. He will embrace that, as well as the Everton way.
“So I would have thought yes, we are leaning towards appointing a Director of Football but Ronald has to be part of that process. Various first rate people have been mentioned.”