By Danny Wright
Watford have rebuffed an approach by Everton for manager Marco Silva, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Silva, 40, does want talks with the Toffees after officials of the Merseyside club made contact with the Hornets on Monday morning.
It is understood that while the Portuguese boss does want to open a dialogue with Everton, who sacked Ronald Koeman three weeks ago, he does not have a release clause in the two-year deal he only signed in May.
The Everton board are now believed to have made the former Hull manager their top target but the report says that any chance of sealing a deal is unlikely unless Silva kicks up a fuss at Vicarage Road or an offer is made that Watford cannot turn down.
European boss Silva has been highly thought of since moving to England earlier this year.
He almost saved Hull from relegation from the Premier League and since taking charge at Watford he has guided them to their best ever top-flight start since the Graham Taylor era.
Football Insider Verdict
Silva would be a good option for Everton but the fact he has only signed for Watford just several months ago mean that this deal would be very hard to get over the line. Burnley’s Sean Dyche is believed to want to hold talks with the Toffees while it would cost £2.5million to release him from Turf Moor, which is perhaps a much cheaper deal than one would be for Silva. That now looks like the most likely route for the Toffees to take, unless they are willing to give Sam Allardyce a chance, who is thought to want a long-term deal. Fans of the club may start to get twitchy if no progress is made by the time the international break ends.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have struck a midfielder agreement with an English club.