Booker’s £30m bid for Everton makes him one of the big names of the summer – the Times

The Everton manager who has been tipped to succeed Roberto Martinez has been rewarded with a major new contract at the club.

The news is a major coup for Everton and the arrival of the 36-year-old has been seen as an extension of the club’s success in recent years.

It has been reported that the Merseyside club are prepared to pay £30 million for the England international.

Booker, who has a contract worth around £35m, is understood to have been given an extension to his current deal by the club, which expires in 2021.

He will now become Everton’s fifth longest-serving manager and the club has not signed a new one since 2011.

Everton have already paid £20m for the Spain defender Dani Alves, who is set to become a free agent this summer.

Bookers signing from Manchester City and ChelseaThe news that Everton are set to pay around £30million for the defender is a big blow for Everton’s transfer policy.

The club had been trying to prise the player away from Chelsea, where he was on the books for around £32.5m.

The Spaniard joined Everton in 2011 for £16m, but struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, having failed to score in seven games.

The deal is a huge coup for Roberto Martinez, who made the signing of the defender a major priority this summer and the signing has boosted his profile and helped Everton to move up the table of the Premier Leagues.