According to the Mirror, Everton are considering Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores as a potential summer replacement for under-fire boss Roberto Martinez.
The report claims that Flores has been added to the Everton short-list as they seek a fresh start and a new manager under the tenure of new majority stake shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Martinez’s position as manager of the Toffees has been heavily questioned of late following a poor season.
The Spaniard took over from David Moyes and guided Everton to their best ever Premier League points tally during his debut campaign, yet since then matters on the field have gradually regressed.
The Toffees have been desperately poor in the league this season, and despite a promising run to the FA Cup semi-final, a Wembley defeat to Manchester United has only dampened the mood further.
Flores, a former Atletico Madrid manager, has proved to be tactically astute and well respected during his debut season in the Premier League with Watford currently sitting level on points with Everton.
However, Watford’s owners the Pozzo family look set to make a change at the end of the season, with the Mirror reporting how Flores is expected to leave Vicarage Road this summer.
The 51-year-old would be an intriguing option for the Merseyside club, although he is only one of a number of top level managers to be linked with the club over the past few weeks.