According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Unai Emery was Everton’s first choice to take over at Goodison Park.
Everton held discussions with Emery, as they looked for a manager to take over from Roberto Martinez.
However, the Sevilla boss turned down their advances - causing them to make a move for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.
Emery is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, and he is now in the French capital preparing to sign a contract.
Emery has become one of the most sought after coaches in European football, after he enjoyed great success with Sevilla.
The Spanish boss guided Sevilla to success in last season’s Europa League, and he has also previously impressed while in charge of Valencia.
A move to PSG apparently appealed to Emery more than a switch to Everton, though, and it has caused the Toffees to look elsewhere.
Koeman became Everton’s main target after Emery’s rejection and he is now expected to be announced as the Goodison Park side’s boss in the coming days.
Everton have already agreed terms with the Dutchman, and they are now negotiating a compensation package with Southampton before completing the deal.