Everton considering move for Braga coach Paulo Fonseca - source

Braga coach Paulo Fonseca has emerged as a target for Everton, a source close to the Portuguese club has told ESPN FC.

Everton are considering a number of options to replace Roberto Martinez and Fonseca has now come onto the club's radar.

A source close to Braga have told ESPN FC that Everton officials watched last weekend's Portuguese Cup final win over Porto and are considering making a move.

The 43-year-old, who guided Pacos Ferreira to a surprise third-place finish in the Primeira Liga in 2013, is regarded as one of the best young managers in Portugal.

Fonseca's work at Pacos brought a move to then-champions Porto, but after selling a number of key players in his first season the club found themselves off the pace and he was sacked in March 2014.

He returned to Pacos and rebuilt his reputation before joining Braga last summer and guided them to their first Portuguese Cup success in 50 years with victory over Porto.

Fonseca also guided Braga to fourth spot in the league this season as well as to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Sources had previously told ESPN FC that Everton were considering a number of options to replace Martinez, including former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, Southampton's Ronald Koeman and Manuel Pellegrini, while David Moyes has said he would consider a return.

Unai Emery had also emerged as a strong candidate for the role but Sevilla president Jose Castro said this week that the Spaniard will stay with the Europa League winners.