Any hope of Everton re-appointing David Moyes as manager look to have faded following reports that the Scottish tactician has penned a new three-year contract with his current club.
According to Sky Sports, a new contract has been agreed between Moyes and the Hammers, with a deal close to confirmation.
Separately, journalist and transfer expert Nicolo Schira confirmed the news with an update on Twitter, declaring that a deal was complete.
Everton chiefs have long flirted with the idea of re-hiring the man who left the Toffees to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United in 2013.
He was previously under consideration to replace Marco Silva in December 2019, before the club pounced on Carlo Ancelotti and sealed a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Earlier reports from The Athletic had claimed that Moyes and recently departed Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo were the frontrunners for the Goodison Park job, though Moyes looks to be firmly off the agenda following fresh commitment to West Ham.
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Given the achievements that Moyes has overseen at the London Stadium this season, it is far from unfathomable that he would be a target of interest.
Having been threatened with relegation in the previous campaign, Moyes’ first full season with the east London side has seen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
A sixth-placed finish comfortably secured Europa League football for Moyes’ men in a fine testament to the groundwork laid at the London Stadium.
In that sense, remaining in east London must have been an attractive prospect.