Vitor Pereira is starting to look like the No.1 choice to replace David Moyes.
Everton appear to have found their man in the quest to replace David Moyes with FC Porto boss Vitor Periera emerging as the favourite to take over at Goodison Park, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 44-year-old is closing in on a second Portuguese Liga title in as many years after his side clinched a dramatic victory over closest league rivals Benfica on Saturday.
Pereira succeeded current Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas at the 2004 Champions League winners, after the 35-year-old departed for Chelsea in 2011.
A league trophy immediately followed for the former assistant to AVB and with the manager looking to defend that honour this season his name is increasingly being linked with a move to England.
It is looking more and more of a possiblity that Pereira will leave the Estadio do Dragao in the summer as he will have reached the end of his current contract and as yet looks unlikely to sign a new one.
Everton have been keeping tabs on the Portuguese since the departure of Moyes to Manchester United and he would follow in the tradition of both AVB and Jose Mourinho in coming to the English Premier League on the back of success at Porto.
Unlike Mourinho the Toffees target is less attracted to the media and limelight and concentrates more on his footballing tactics than mind games.
“Portuguese people are strategic, with a huge work ethic” Pereira said.
“I do not have the talent to speak, in public, as finely as they [AVB and Mourinho] do.”
This is unlikely to be an issue with Everton fans who prefer a grafter who gets on with their job as manager, rather than someone who is overly flamboyant.