By Danny Wright
Everton have ended their pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, according to a report.
The Independent claims that Toffees majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has been pursuing Silva, 40, for several weeks and has made multiple approaches for the Portuguese boss, trying to tempt him with a “susbstantial” pay rise.
It is understood that Everton were willing to splash over £10million in compensation to release Silva from his contract at Vicarage Road after he penned a two-year deal in May that did not contain a release clause.
However Watford have stood firm despite the Toffees’ advances as they remained reluctant to let slip of the ex-Hull boss midway through what has so far been a successful season for them.
The report states that the Hornets have made clear of their anger of the pursuit of the European boss, and that message has now been taken on board among the hierarchy at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside club have spent over four weeks searching for Ronald Koeman’s successor after the Dutchman was sacked for overseeing a dismal start to the campaign.
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It will be interesting to see how Silva responds to this. The report says that he was keen on going into talks with the Merseysiders but has been unable to do so due to Watford’s reluctance to let him go. That could leave the ex-Olympiakos boss with one option – resign. It would be an ultimate kick in the teeth to the Hornets, but that appears to be the only way for him to join Everton. That does seem very unlikely now though and the Blues may have to start to look elsewhere. Their efforts so far have not been very impressive and any move for anyone else will now stink of them settling for their second choice.
In other Everton news, one of Moshiri’s top choices has had his people approach the Toffees.