PSV manager Phillip Cocu has admitted his concern over rumours suggesting Marcel Brands could be set to leave the club and join Everton.
The Blues are known to hold an interest in the 56-year-old, with some reports this week even suggesting that an appointment could be made before the end of the month.
However the ECHO revealed earlier this week that is not the case and, whilst Brands certainly is on Everton's radar, there has been no decision made over his possible appointment.
The Blues' interest has been widely reported and has now made its way to PSV manager Cocu, who was asked his thoughts on the situation recently. And the boss is quoted by De Telegraaf admitting he is concerned and would be sorry to see Brands depart.
He said: “If Marcel were to leave, I would be very sorry. I think our cooperation, at the service of the club, is very fruitful.”
He's not the only manager to be asked about the sporting director recently, as Sam Allardyce was also quizzed on the possible arrival at Goodison Park before the Merseyside derby this weekend.
The Everton boss said: "I read the same papers as you and the same online stories.
Everton are on the lookout for a new technical director and have been heavily linked with Marcel Brands, who has been with PSV since 2010.
Appearing on Fox Sports show De Tafel van Kees, PSV general manager Toon Gerbrands confirmed that Everton have approached Brands, “They have recently reported to him, but also twice before. A year ago and a half year ago.
“So it has not gone through twice and even now the contract is not complete at all. Everton also has to report to PSV, that is not the case. They have only reported to Marcel, and he has informed us nicely about this. If you know Marcel, it is not done yet.
“His feeling must be one hundred percent good. It must be 100 percent accurate. If it is not quite right yet and his feeling is not good, he just says no. The fact that he has a conversation with them does indicate that he is considering it. “