Everton have held further talks with Rafa Benitez as the battle to become the next Toffees boss takes another dramatic turn.
The former manager of arch rivals Liverpool, Benitez, is in the running to take the reins at Goodison Park.
He will face stiff competition from ex-Wolves gaffer Nuno Espirito Santo, who had looked set for an immediate return to the Premier League after departing the West Midlands side at the end of last season.
The blue team from Merseyside are in need of a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti who left for La Liga giants Real Madrid at the start of June.
Benitez would be the first man to manage both Liverpool and Everton.
Reports emerged over the weekend that a deal was being finalised for Nuno Espirito Santo to take charge, but those were premature as Farhad Moshiri is still weighing up his options.
Benitez Moshiri would be a heavily controversial choice.
The Spaniard guided rivals Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005 and his past criticisms of Everton could make him a hugely unpopular figure around Goodison.
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Following a 0-0 draw against Everton in 2007, Benitez commented: "I was really disappointed because one team wanted to win the game and one team didn't want to lose it.
"Everton put eight or nine men behind the ball and defended deep but that's what small clubs do."
It remains to be seen if previous comments such as 'small clubs' would provoke an angry reaction to his potential appointment.
Any announcement for a new permanent Everton manager is unlikely to come soon, with majority shareholder Moshiri keen to explore all possible options.
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