Sam Allardyce hopes to be kept on at Everton and wants to begin building his own squad.

Allardyce took over at Goodison Park in November but, for the most part, he has relied on the players assembled by his predecessor, Ronald Koeman.

With his future currently up in the air, Allardyce remains hopeful of staying on as Toffees boss next season and he is already compiling a shortlist of players to improve the squad and return the club to the position where its supporters feel it belongs.

Jack Wilshere has been linked with a move, with the Arsenal midfielder yet to agree on a contract extension at the Emirates.

And Allardyce is also understood to be keen on a reunion with Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who was given his professional debut by Big Sam back in 2009.

Allardyce was in charge of Blackburn at the time and was so impressed by Jones, who had been a part of the club’s youth set-up since 2002, that he promoted the defender to the first team.

Jones spent two seasons at Ewood Park before he moved to United for a fee believed to be in the region of £16.5 million.

Touted at the time as one of England’s most promising defensive prospects, Jones was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson to learn from the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand but his progress at Old Trafford has been hampered by injuries and long spells out of the team.

Jones has made 21 appearances for the Red Devils this season but is clearly behind the likes of Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and…

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