Report: Southampton shortlist David Moyes - 15 years after he rejected them

Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is pictured before their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid

Southampton are reportedly interested in appointing David Moyes.

Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is pictured before their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico MadridDavid Moyes during his time as Real Sociedad boss

According to the Daily Mail, former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is a candidate to replace Ronald Koeman at Southampton.

The Saints saw Koeman finally leave the club earlier today, as his protracted move to Everton was finally completed, leaving Southampton to search for a replacement.

Manchester United Manager David Moyes dejected

Having thrived under both Mauricio Pochettino - now at Tottenham - and Koeman, Southampton will be looking for somebody to come in and continue their recent progress, with a host of names already touted.

The Daily Mail report that Southampton are considering Frank de Boer, Eddie Howe and Manuel Pellegrini, shortlisting all three - as well as David Moyes.

David Moyes and Uwe Rosler watch from the stands

The Scot, 53, has been out of work since losing his job at Real Sociedad back in November, and may be keen on a Premier League return having seen his reputation shattered by a disastrous spell at Manchester United during the 2013/14 season.

It's particularly fascinating to see Southampton target Moyes, as he's actually turned them down once before. As reported by The Independent back in 2001, Moyes snubbed the chance to manage the Saints in order to stay at Preston North End, who he left for Everton just a year later.

Real Sociedad manager David Moyes watches from the stands

It's now believed that Moyes is on a shortlist of candidates for the Southampton job, with the potential to return to the Premier League and attempt to rebuild his reputation after failed jobs with United and Sociedad.

Whether Moyes would be welcomed by Southampton fans remains to be seen, given his fairly conservative brand of football, but for Moyes this could be a dream job - and he looks to be in the running early on.

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