By Danny Wright
Everton offered Watford a compensation package worth £8.5million for manager Marco Silva on Monday morning, according to a report.
The Times claims that it still wasn’t enough for the Hornets to allow the Toffees to go into talks with the 40-year-old, who is open to the idea of a switch to Goodison Park.
It is understood that, like Ronald Koeman did when he first joined the Blues from Southampton, Silva has been ‘persuaded by Farhad Moshiri’s millions’ having had his head turned by the Merseyside club.
Silva only joined Watford in May when he was offered a new job despite overseeing Hull’s relegation from the Premier League.
The report says that the Portuguese boss does not want to appear disloyal to Vicarage Road having only been in charge for a handful of games, leading the Horrnets to their best top-flight start since the Graham Taylor era, but he has been persuaded by the money on offer.
The Times claims that the European boss is now the number one choice of the Everton board, however it has been widely reported that the search for Koeman’s successor has seen majority shareholder Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright come to be at odds with one another.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton spent a lot of money on players in the summer so it’s strange that they would not want to try and spend more on bringing in the right manager. The Toffees won’t get relegated this season but they will still have enough money floating around from the sale of Romelu Lukaku and are likely to make more with Ross Barkley possibly leaving in January. That money should be reinvested in getting the right man to lead a team of players who are yet to prove their hefty price-tags. Silva managed to get all the Watford summer recruits playing well straight away, so who’s to say he won’t do that at Everton.
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