Everton have ‘sounded out’ World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro as they seek a replacement for Rafa Benitez.

That’s according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, who say ‘developments’ are expected ‘in the coming hours’ regarding the Italian.

Benitez was sacked last week after a dreadful run of form saw the Toffees win just one of their last 13 Premier League games and sit just six points outside of the relegation zone.

The hunt for his replacement is now on and, despite the situation at Goodison Park, the job remains an attractive one to potential managers.

A growing list of names have been linked with the position, and earlier this week, we covered a report from Il Mattino that stated Cannavaro and fellow World Cup winner Andrea Pirlo were on the list of options being looked at.

Gazzetta Dello Sport now back that up, at least in terms of Cannavaro, stating that he has been ‘recently sounded out’ by Everton regarding their vacant manager’s position.

There is no mention of the nature of these talks or how they were received by the Italian, just that the Blues have been in contact with him.

Quite why is anyone’s guess as Cannavaro’s managerial career so far has hardly been anything special up to this point, so perhaps this is agents at work.

Either way, Gazzetta state that developments are expected ‘in the coming hours’, so Cannavaro may be a name worth keeping an eye on, with Everton at least holding some sort of contact with him.