Watford rebuff Everton move for Marco Silva

Watford rebuff Everton move for Marco Silva

Everton officials contacted Watford yesterday morning after making the 40-year-old former Hull City boss their No 1 choice.

Despite having suffered a dip in form, losing their last three consecutive matches prior to the worldwide break, the Hornets now find themselves in ninth place, six positions and four points ahead of Everton, who have endured a nightmare start to the campaign.

The Merseyside club's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri now sees Silva as the best possible candidate for the job and, having already made a tentative enquiry that suggested Everton would pay up to £8.5m that Watford dismissed out of hand, it is understood he is willing to back going even higher.

He nearly saved Hull from relegation from the Premier League and since taking charge at Watford he has guided them to their best ever top-flight start since the Graham Taylor era.

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Bridgewater was activated Wednesday from the physically unable to perform list and didn't get into the game. Quarterback Kirk Cousins wants a ling-term deal, but the team seems to be against him on that front.

So in that case Watford will have to reassure Silva his ambitions for the rest of his time in Hertfordshire can be matched by the Hornets board.

But after his first 11 games in charge at Vicarage Road he has the Hornets ninth in the Premier League table with four wins, three draws and four defeats.

Dyche, thought to be keen on talking to Everton, would cost £2.5 million in compensation.

According to Sky Bet, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is 6/1 for the Everton managerial role, while the odds of Wales national football team head coach Chris Coleman taking charge of the Toffees are 18/1.