By Richard Parks
West Ham have hijacked Everton’s pursuit of manager Marco Silva, according to reports.
The Mirror claim the London club have placed the Portugese on a four-man managerial shortlist despite being aware of Everton’s firm interest and are convinced that he would prefer London after his time with Watford earlier this season.
The Times report that the Merseysiders are also in talks with Silva and finalising a deal is a “priority” in a process overseen by new director of football Marcel Brands.
Football Insider verdict:
Would Silva be an upgrade on Moyes? Possibly, but not definitely. The 40-year-old’s record in English football, at Hull and Watford, is mediocre, even taking into account the players and resources at his disposal. But Silva is a man in demand, especially for trigger-happy owners desperately searching for a manager with the Midas touch. Silva is yet to prove that he is such a man but he is a shrewd operator who appears to have a firm sense of his own value, and is likely to use West Ham’s interest as a negotiating tool to get more cash from Everton. It is difficult to see any other outcome than Silva being appointed the successor to Sam Allardyce, given Everton’s substantial coffers and willingness to spend it. Sure, the Hammers have London as a unique selling point. But there are also major issues at West Ham, who play in a soulless stadium in front of restless fans and where the board have a reputation for being difficult to work for, as well as almost comically indiscreet.