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Michael O'Neill to hold face-to-face talks with Scottish FA today: report

Michael O'Neill is expected to hold talks with the Scottish FA for the first time today.

The SFA are reported to have agreed to pay O'Neill's £500,000 release fee and will now set-about trying to convince the Northern Ireland manager that his future lies across the Irish Sea.

The boss has been long-understand to be the the SFA's first choice to replace Gordon Strachan, who left his post over three months ago.

The Daily Record reported today that O'Neill is due to meet SFA president Alan McRae and chief executive Stewart Regan.

The former Shamrock Rovers boss will be offered a four-year deal, expected to be worth more than £500,000 a year, by SFA chief-executive Stewart Regan.

There will be also be a lucrative bonus on offer should he end Scotland's wait for a major tournament which stretches back to 1998.

However, the Irish FA came up with a counter offer of a bumper six-year contract worth up to £700,000 per year.

Regan will need to convince the former Hibernian and Dundee United star that masterminding a Scotland revival will give a major bounce to his managerial career.

Sunderland failed with overtures towards O'Neill and his immediate future now looks to be on the international stage but he has stressed a desire to see the matter resolved in the near future.

Edinburgh-based O'Neill guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals and only missed out on qualification for the World Cup Finals in Russia following a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland the edge in a tense play-off over two legs.

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