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Scotland ready to double Michael O'Neill's salary to tempt boss away from Northern Ireland

Scotland are reportedly preparing to offer Michael O'Neill close to double his current salary to lure the Northern Ireland manager across the Irish Sea.

O'Neill currently earns £500,000 a year with the Irish FA and, according to the Telegraph, Scotland are set to formally approach the Ballymena man about succeeding Gordon Strachan.

O'Neill, who now lives in Edinburgh, would be offered a four-year deal worth close to double his current salary along with a 'significant' bonus should he help the Scots to reach Euro 2020.

O'Neill is the 7/4 favourite to become Scotland's next permanent manager, ahead of Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert, but they do face competition to land their reported top target.

Rangers and Sunderland are also said to have been alerted after NI's failure to reach the World Cup finals while clubs in America's MLS and even the US national team are rumoured to be interested. O'Neill has a brother in Chicago and is said to be interested in managing across the Atlantic.

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