Everton’s interested in Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand is not a passing one, with the Blues doing ‘concrete research’ on the manager.

That’s according to BT in Denmark, who say Everton have ‘gone hunting’ and want to know everything they can about Rafa Benitez’s potential replacement.

Benitez is under increasing pressure after a run of form that has seen Everton go without a win since September and slide down the table.

Currently, only six points separate them from the bottom three, and a win for Burnley in their game in hand could narrow that further.

This week’s humiliation at the hands of Liverpool in the Merseyside derby was the latest in a series of poor performances from the Blues, who are on their worst start to a season in 22 years.

It means the pressure is firmly on Benitez, with a report in England last night claiming a board meeting has been called to discuss his future.

While owner Farhad Moshiri has publicly backed the Spaniard, it seems Everton are doing their homework behind the scenes.

BT report that the Toffees have ‘gone hunting’ for information on Denmark coach Hjulmand and are doing ‘concrete research’ on him.

They have reportedly inquired about Hjulmand ‘in the Danish football landscape’ and want to know about various topics, including his management style, personality and media handling.

The fact they have contacted sources to ask about the 49-year-old is seen as a clear indication that he is in the running to be their next coach, at least as far as BT are concerned.

Hjulmand’s name being linked with Goodison Park is nothing new; indeed, we covered that earlier this week and explained why it seems unlikely at this point.

That remains the case, and the Denmark coach has publicly stated he won’t be going anywhere, particularly with a World Cup around the corner.

It seems research is being done on him regardless, though, with Everton clearly planning for life without Benitez if it comes to a point where they need to sack him.