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Sam Allardyce has penned a stunning £9m deal at Everton.

"We need a strong leader, he gives us that".

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick, including one from inside his own half, helped Everton dish out thrashing to former manager David Moyes' West Ham side to give interim manager David Unsworth the ideal send off as the newly appointed Sam Allardyce watched from the stands.

The win, which moved Everton up from 17th to 13th in the Premier League, was only their second in eight matches since David Unsworth stepped up from the under-23s to take caretaker charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Allardyce has been out of management since his surprise decision to quit Crystal Palace at the end of last season, having succeeded in a six-month mission to keep them in the top-flight.

In what is turning out to be a jolly good day for Proper Football Men™ that Know The League™, it's being reported that Sam Allardyce has agreed to take over at Everton, a little over two weeks after initial talks between the two parties dwindled to nothing.

Everton were easy winners at Goodison Park last night.

Everton are now sitting 17th in the table, two points ahead of the Hammers.

"As David Unsworth said, we've been hurting".

The hosts have won only one of the seven games of David Unsworth's temporary spell in charge and lost five of them, with their last two outings a 5-1 home loss to Atalanta and 4-1 reverse against Saints.

After years of being unable to come close to matching the financial clout of the Premier League's big guns, Everton finally had significant backing thanks to new owner Farhad Moshiri.

The Toffees hierarchy will feel they have gone for a safe pair of hands, with Allardyce having taken over both Palace and Sunderland in graver situations and led them to safety. But that turned sour after only one match, with Allardyce stepping down in September 2016 following a newspaper sting.