Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is set to turn down the Ukrainian outfit’s contract extension offer in order to land a job in the Premier League, according to Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

Just last month, it was reported that Everton were keen to make a move for the former centre-back when his contract expires in summer, despite only appointing Sam Allardyce as boss back in November.

Fonseca cut his teeth in the lower divisions of Portuguese football before being handed the reins of top-flight clubs such as Pacos de Ferreira, Sporting de Braga and Porto but it is in Ukraine where the 45-year-old’s reputation has truly flourished.

In his first season as Shakhtar boss, Fonseca secured a league and cup double and that success has carried over into the current campaign, with his side currently top of the Ukrainian top flight.

Shakhtar’s performances in this term’s Champions League propelled Fonseca into the spotlight having steered his side to a runners-up spot in their group, behind Manchester City and ahead of Italian outfit Napoli, before being knocked out by Roma at the last-16 stage on away goals.

Over at Goodison Park, meanwhile, Allardyce has endured something of a mixed spell as Everton boss.

The former Crystal Palace manager took over a side in the relegation zone but swiftly turned their fortunes around before a recent slump threatened to undo all the 63-year-old’s good work.

However, three wins from their last five league matches, together with the improved form of January signing Cenk Tosun, has seen the Toffees strengthen their place in the top-half of the table as they currently find themselves in ninth place with 40 points to their name.

After the international break, Everton welcome champions-elect Manchester City to Goodison Park as they look to delay the Citizens’ title celebrations.


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