What The Papers Say - 24 January

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The Daily Mail claims Everton are a step closer to appointing the Club's next First-Team manager, with Vitor Pereira believed to be a "major contender" for the role.

Their source says that the Portuguese boss has impressed in an interview for the job, with Majority Shareholder Farhad Moshiri believed to be keen on appointing a "visionary".

Portuguese broadcaster SIC Notícias reports that Pereira is expected to fly to England today for more talks with Goodison bosses.

However, a conflicting report from BBC Sport states that the former Fenerbahce coach is on the Blues' radar, but other candidates are still being considered for the job.

One of those rumoured candidates is former Everton forward Wayne Rooney with his former England teammate Gary Neville stating he would return to the Club in a heartbeat.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville believes it wouldn't take much to persuade the 36-year-old to return to his boyhood club.

“I think he wouldn’t ring me up for advice about that because he would jump at the chance," said Neville.

“I mean, Wayne Rooney, being asked to be Everton manager. Growing up as a fan. As a kid there. Going back there at the end of his career. I don’t think it would take five minutes for him to go back.

“He has the grounding at Derby. He is working in difficult circumstances, so he is getting the experience. But he would jump at the chance, of course.”