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Marcelo Bielsa's concerns about the lack of pace in Everton's squad could reportedly see him walk away from talks to become their new boss.
Bielsa's emerged as one of the frontrunners to replace the ousted Frank Lampard at Goodison Park. And the Italian has entered talks with the Toffees' top brass about taking up the vacant position.
However, the former Leeds boss is allegedly having reservations about the job as he feels Everton's squad is too slow to adapt to his playing style, according to the Daily Mail. And the 67-year-old is demanding that the Toffees prioritise pace in January's transfer window, or risk him walking away from negotiations, the report adds.
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But attracting new talent could prove difficult for Everton who are embroiled in a Premier League relegation scrap. They tried to add Villarreal forward Arnaut Danjuma to their roster this week, but were beaten to the punch by Tottenham at the last minute.
Danjuma had completed a medical with the Toffees, and was set to finalise his move on Tuesday morning before Spurs swooped in at the eleventh hour to usurp the deal. If the Toffees aren't able to convince Bielsa to take the job, they will reportedly turn to former boss Sam Allardyce.
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Big Sam is no stranger at Goodison Park and took the reins at the club in 2017 as caretaker manager when he guided the club from 14th to 8th in the league, during the six months he spent in the role.
Now he could be called upon to embark on a similar rescue mission this season with the Toffees languishing in 19th spot on the table.
However, Everton have a few other names on their wishlist and West Ham boss David Moyes is also a target.
Moyes' job with the Hammers was also on the line, but his side's win over the Toffees last weekend proved to be the final nail in Lampard's coffin.
Ex-Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is also in the mix, given he is out of work.
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