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Vítor Pereira is on the verge of joining Everton
Vítor Pereira is on the verge of joining Everton (Getty)

Everton are set to appoint Vitor Pereira as their new manager after turning down Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard, according to reports.

The Toffees are searching for a permanent replacement for Rafa Benitez, who was sacked earlier this month.

Lampard and Pereira have both been interviewed by Everton’s hierarchy but according to the Daily Mirror, the club’s owner, Farhad Moshiri, is now intent on bringing the Portuguese to Goodison Park.

The report claims that there is ‘opposition within the club’ to Pereira’s arrival, as other members of Everton’s hierarchy wanted more time to make a decision.

Rooney, meanwhile, is considered to be too inexperienced to take the Everton job, despite his impressive run at Derby in the Championship under difficult circumstances.

Reports in Portugal this week have claimed that Pereira and his coaching staff are already set to sign their contracts this week.

Frank Lampard has been interviewed by Everton this week
Frank Lampard has been interviewed by Everton this week (Getty)

The 53-year-old has no Premier League experience but has managed all over the world with Porto, Al Ahli, Olympiacos, Fenerbahce, 1860 Munich and Shanghai SIPG all on his CV.

He has won league titles in Portugal, Greece and China.

Pereira is currently out of work after being sacked by Fenerbahce in December. He left the team in fifth position in Turkey’s top flight and 14 points off top spot.

Wayne Rooney was deemed too inexperienced by Everton's hierarchy
Wayne Rooney was deemed too inexperienced by Everton’s hierarchy (NurPhoto via Getty)

Everton currently sit 16th in the Premier League and four points above the relegation zone.

Pereira’s first game in charge could be the FA Cup clash with Brentford on February 5.

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