The Dutch paper says that the €5m deal was result of tough negotiations between the Toffees' major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and the Saints, represented by CEO Ralph Kruger and director of development, Les Reed, but Everton are now able to finalise personal terms with Koeman after an agreement in principal was reached with his agent Rob Jansen yesterday.
Jansen held productive talks with Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright on Koeman's behalf but Everton weren't granted permission to speak directly with the former Dutch playing legend until compensation was agreed. Kruger and Reed were thought to be confident that they could persuade Koeman to stay at St Mary's Stadium, at least to see out the final year of his contract, but the lure of a significantly increased salary, a reported £100m transfer war chest and the promise in Moshiri's ambitious plans appear to have proved decisive.
Koeman made his name as a world class defender who starred for all three of the Netherlands' big clubs — Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord — at Barcelona under Johan Cruyff and on the international stage for his country with whom he won the European Championships in 1988.
As manager, he has managed six teams in Holland and also had stints in Portugal and Spain before continuing the renaissance of Southampton begun by Mauricio Pochettino, that despite seeing some of that club's best players sold over the past two summer windows.
He led the Saints to 7th place in his first season and then 6th place this term, falling just three points off the top four but securing Europa League qualification for the second year running.
Koeman will be joined at Goodison Park by his brother and assistant manager Erwin and, possibly, by first team coach Jan Kluitenberg as well, alongside both of whom he worked on the south coast.
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