PHOTO: Real Sociedad welcome arrival of David Moyes

David Moyes MUFC

Real Sociedad have tweeted the the first photo of new manager David Moyes in San Sebastian.

David Moyes has arrived in San Sebastian ahead of penning an 18-month contract to become Real Sociedad's new head coach.

The La Liga club announced the hiring of the former Manchester United and Everton manager on Monday evening, although it was later revealed that the finer details of the deal still had to be ironed out before his appointment could be made official.

With his signing now a formality, however, he is set to be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday, and has reportedly already started to contact potential candidates for his coaching staff.

Moyes replaces Jagoba Arrasate at the Anoeta, who was sacked earlier this month following a 1-0 defeat at Malaga, which left Sociedad second from bottom of the table with just six points from their first 10 games.

Caretaker Asier Santana managed to guide the team to a shock 2-1 win over champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday, but the Scot remained the club's number one target on their four-man shortlist, which also included former West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel.

Currently languishing in 15th, Sociedad have the players to turn their fortunes around, with the likes of Carlos Vela and Serio Canales on their books, and were in the Champions League only two seasons ago.

With ambitions of a top-half finish, the Basque outfit presents a prefect opportunity for Moyes to rebuild his reputation, following a tumultuous nine-month reign at Manchester United which saw him depart Old Trafford in April.

Assuming the deal hits no last-minute snags, his first game in charge of the club should be away at Deportivo La Coruna on November 22.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch