Steve Round keen on Everton switch
STEVE ROUND is ready to accept the role as David Moyes's number two - although Chelsea and FC Twente are set to make late attempts to change his mind.
Everton manager Moyes interrupted his holiday to call Newcastle first team coach Round and ask him to fill the role vacated by Alan Irvine last November.
He has been given permission to speak to the club as Moyes looks to install his new assistant ahead of the return to pre-season training next Thursday, after Round's current contract at St James's Park expires on July 1.
But Chelsea and Twente - who Round's former colleague Steve McClaren took charge of earlier this week - are also in the hunt for his services.
New Stamford Bridge manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is busy assembling his backroom team after joining from Portugal following their Euro 2008 exit last week.
He has already decided to bring Flavio Teixeira and Darlan Schneider - his assistant and fitness coach respectively at Portugal - to London and is also set to bring in former colleague Carlos Pracidelli as the club's new goalkeeping coach.
Round is being earmarked as a possibility for the role of first team coach, a position he has held at Newcastle since Sam Allardyce appointed him last summer.
Intriguingly, Scolari's reassembling of his team is likely to see the end of Steve Clarke's association with the club.
The Scot has also been in the frame for the job of Moyes's assistant and could emerge as another option if the appointment of Round fails to come off.
While Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan wants the 37-year-old to stay, Round will leave when his contract expires.
McClaren has enjoyed a long association with Round as his assistant both with England and Middlesbrough and is set to sound him out about joining him in Holland.
But sources close to Round say he is keen to link up with Moyes, for whom reserve manager Andy Holden took on assistant duties following Irvine's appointment as Preston North End manager last season.
Meanwhile, Cardiff are close to completing a deal for Everton defender Darren Dennehy.
The Republic of Ireland international was at Ninian Park undergoing a medical yesterday after City held talks with the Premier League club earlier this week.
The 19-year-old has been at Everton since 2005 but despite being offered a new contract by the Merseyside outfit, has opted to help Cardiff in their bid for promotion to the top flight.
Chairman Peter Ridsdale
said: "We have had talks with Everton and the player. He should be with us for the start of pre- season training next week."
Former Everton Academy goalkeeper Jamie Jones is poised to sign for Leyton Orient next week.
The Kirkby-born player was released at the end of a one- year professional contract at Goodison Park, but is now set to move to the League One club on a two-year deal.
Yeovil had also shown an interest in signing the 19-year- old, who had made several appearances for Everton reserves.
Jones, a former pupil at Holy Angels primary school in Kirkby and then Cardinal Heenan in West Derby, had battled back from suffering a broken leg suffered as a 15- year-old in the semi- finals of the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
A broken hand at the start of last season limited his appearances.
Meanwhile, Everton have confirmed a pre- season fixture with Swiss side FC Sion on July 12.
The match will be played at The Stade D'Octodure in Martigni and will come at the end of an intensive training camp in Switzerland.
The game will kick-off at 4pm.
It is the sixth pre- season fixture to be confirmed for David Moyes's senior side, but will be the first competitive game played by the side.