By Declan Walsh

9th Jun, 2021 | 8:11am

Everton-linked Christophe Galtier distanced himself from Liverpool in January

Christophe Galtier has emerged as an exciting new candidate for the Everton manager’s job after winning the Ligue 1 title with Lille this season.

Galtier, 54, won the Ligue 1 manager of the season award for the third time as he led Les Dogues to an unexpected title before leaving the French champions just days later.

He’s been linked with taking charge at OGC Nice but BeFoot has reported that Everton are now willing to blow the Ligue 1 side out of the water to hire the former Saint-Etienne manager.

The French news outlet claims the Toffees are “very interested” in Galtier and are willing to offer him a better contract than what is currently on the table from Nice.

After leading Lille to Ligue 1 glory, it’s no shock that a lot of Everton fans are buzzing with the news on social media.

But Evertonians would also be thrilled to know that Galtier distanced himself from Merseyside rivals Liverpool earlier this year.

Speaking to L’Equipe du Soir, as translated by Sport Witness, a friend of Galtier had revealed that the Marseille-born boss wanted to manage Liverpool at some point in the future.

However, in January, Galtier was quoted by Homme du Match saying: “I know how to speak English, but I need to get better. My dream isn’t Liverpool.”

He effectively rubbished managing the Anfield club – maybe he meant that his dream is to manage a different team in Liverpool?

We’ll see how this speculation pans out because Galtier seems as though he would be a superb appointment to replace Carlo Ancelotti.

He’s only ever managed two clubs – Saint-Etienne between 2009 and 2017 and Lille from 2017 to last month – so he’s also someone that if you stick with, he can build something good.

Everton really need that.

In other Everton news, a journalist has made a massive claim about Kia Joorabchian’s involvement in the hunt for a new boss.

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