By Danny Wright

Watford have rejected Everton’s latest approach for manager Marco Silva, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports reporter Adam Levethal claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning that the Hornets will no longer entertain moves from Merseyside for Silva, 40, after the Mirror reported that a £15million compensation fee was wanted.

However it is now understood that Watford have not put a value on the Portuguese manager and, in a major development, that report is false.

Everton have spent almost four weeks searching for a successor for Ronald Koeman after the Dutchman was sacked in October.

It has been widely reported that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright have been at odds with one another in the decision making process for the search, with both of them wanting to take the club in different directions.

The Toffees have won just one of their five games since Koeman was axed with caretaker manager David Unsworth in charge.

European boss Silva only joined Watford in the summer after overseeing Hull’s relegation from the Premier League.

He has previously had jobs in Portugal and Greece with Olympiakos, where he won the top-flight league title.

Football Insider Verdict

Everton’s search for a new manager is bordering on farcical. It’s unbelievable that the board decided to sack Koeman without having a clear plan on where they wanted to take the club and what managers they wanted to target. It seems that every week that goes by, another candidate drops out of the running and the more time they waste on Silva, the more likely that other top choices may rule themselves out. Sam Allardyce has already done that and he would have no doubt been a good short-term fix. It seems that Unsworth may have to be given the job until the end of the season or they take a more left-field route.

In other Everton news, a BT pundit has claimed the Blues are crying out for this lethal goal machine.

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