Everton ‘interview available Ballon d’Or winner’ for manager role before Rooney

Everton have reportedly interviewed Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro before speaking to Wayne Rooney about their vacant manager role.

Twice a Toffees player, Rooney immediately entered the discussion over who could replace Rafa Benitez after he was sacked following the dismal 2-1 defeat at Norwich last weekend.

The England legend has done a stellar job with Derby County this season, miraculously pulling them off the bottom of the Championship table despite their 21 point deduction and strung-together squad.

Although he is expected to hold talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright, they have first spoken to Italian icon Cannavaro.

That's according to The Sun, who claim he is the next candidate to be considered by the Toffees hierarchy.

Cannavaro, who also lifted the World Cup for his country in 2006, has been out of a job since leaving Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande last September.

The 48-year-old has never managed in Europe having held multiple positions in China and one in Saudi Arabia.

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Everton are working their way through their wish list of targets and have already had Roberto Martinez and Jose Mourinho ruled out.

Former boss Martinez will not be let go by the Belgian FA ahead of the Qatar World Cup, while Mourinho has committed himself to Roma.

Along with Rooney and Cannavaro, Frank Lampard and Graham Potter round off the options.

Lampard has been unemployed since being sacked by Chelsea last January, despite several Premier League sides considering him over the last 12 months.

In the meantime, Duncan Ferguson has been appointed caretaker manager and will oversee the weekend fixture with Aston Villa.

The report suggests Slaven Bilic, who has also recently parted ways with a Chinese Super League side and, like Rooney, is a former Toffee, could also be a target.

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