By Danny Wright
Everton are preparing a third approach for Watford manager Marco Silva, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Toffees had an offer of £8.5million rejected for Silva, 40, this week and although he would be willing to go into talks with the Merseyside club, the Hornets are adamant that he won’t be leaving.
However it is understood that if the Portuguese boss does push for an exit, Watford may consider letting him go, but it seems that they are set on keeping hold of their manager, who only signed a two-year deal in the summer.
Silva has had a brilliant start to life in England, adding what is already an impressive CV of his which is no doubt what has attracted Everton.
He came within a whisker of saving Hull from the abyss last season and although he oversaw their harsh relegation, he was handed the reins at Watford, where he has led them to their best top-flight start since the Graham Taylor era.
The Vicarage Road manager has also won the Greek league title with Olympiakos in a season where his side won their first 17 games in a row.
Silva has also lifted the Portuguese Cup with Sporting CP and the second division title in Portugal with Estoril.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton’s search for a manager has been a bit of a farce. It has been over three weeks since Ronald Koeman was sacked and it has taken them until this stage to start making approaches. It seems like Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright had no clue about where to look when Koeman was shown the door, and ultimately it could prove to be a big mistake. It doesn’t seem that Warford want to lose Silva and that is well within their rights. The Toffees may have to switch their focus if their third attempt is kicked into touch and that could be to Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who may cost a lot less due to him being at Turf Moor a lot longer.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have struck a midfielder agreement with this English club.