Watford rejected a formal approach from Everton to prize manager Marco Silva away from Vicarage Road back in November – and the Portuguese boss is now the favourite to take over at Goodison Park after Sam Allardyce left the club.

Everton had already looked at Silva when they sacked Ronald Koeman in November 2017 – Silva’s situation was complicated as he was then the manager of Watford. There are still issues to resolve, as Watford are still unhappy with Everton’s ‘tapping up’ of the 40-year-old earlier in the season

It is to no surprise that Everton are seriously interested in the Portuguese boss, who has been a revelation singing coming to the Premier League 11 months ago. Silva might have taken Hull down into the Championship, but it was clear that he had the knowledge and know-how of operating in England’s top division. And this has only been reinforced with Watford’s incredible start.

Watford’s form dipped after Everton showed interest in the manager back in November – he was subsequently sacked in January 2018 – but he would still be a good option for the Merseyside club.

Silva has high ambitions for his time in England, in which he sees himself managing one of the Premier League’s heavyweights in the future, and this could well be a step in the right direction in doing so, even if Everton are battling the prospect of relegation.

 The Blues will continue to try and persuade Silva to agree to become their next boss, despite the potential consequences of a hard-fought battle with Watford over compensation.

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