Everton managerial candidate Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed confidence he could bring Matt Doherty to Merseyside, according to Football Insider.
Right-sided defender Doherty spent two top-flight seasons under Nuno at Wolves, and has racked up an impressive 21 goal contributions during his time in the top flight.
Last summer, the pair parted ways, with Doherty joining Spurs for an undisclosed fee.
Nuno, meanwhile, left Wolves at the end of the season and is a contender for the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park.
Football Insider have been told that Nuno would make Doherty a primary target if he was to be appointed.
He would adopt a back-three system, slotting the 29-year-old in at right wing-back.
Everton are said to be after ‘cover and competition’ for Seamus Coleman in this summer’s market.
Doherty is a potent weapon at wing-back, but perhaps it would be better for Everton to sign a longer-term successor to 32-year-old Coleman given that his fellow Irishman is only three years his junior.
They had been linked with Norwich City’s Max Aarons, who would be an altogether more exciting signing at just 21 years of age, but Fabrizio Romano says there is now ‘no chance’ of that deal materialising.
In a more general sense, Nuno is demonstrating to Everton the pulling power he has with players who have seen first hand what he is capable of – he guided Wolves to consecutive 7th place finishes and a Europa League quarter-final by utilising the likes of Doherty.
That could be a key advantage in the race for the managerial hot seat.
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