Report: West Ham rival Everton in surprise battle for ex-Watford manager Walter Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri, Manager of Watford reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Watford at the KCOM Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Hull, England.

Everton and West Ham United are reportedly keen on Walter Mazzarri.

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri looks on during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on May 21, 2017 in Watford, England.

According to a report from Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, West Ham United are also interested in landing manager Walter Mazzarri amid strong links with Everton.

The Hammers have lost four of their first seven games of the new Premier League season, with manager Slaven Bilic remaining under huge pressure having only just about managed to keep hold of his job at the end of last season.

A 1-0 home win over Swansea City before the international break hasn't been enough to quell rumours over Bilic's future, with a host of managers still being linked with moves to the London Stadium.

Walter Mazzarri, Manager of Watford reacts during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on May 21, 2017 in Watford, England.

Now, Sky italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that West Ham have Walter Mazzarri on a list of potential replacements for Bilic, should they choose to part ways with the Croatian in the near future.

Mazzarri, 56, may be a familiar name to some fans having managed Watford last season, but he left after just one year in the job with a 29% win rate, with fans less than impressed with his defensive nature.

The Italian is now out of work, and could be targeted for a shock Premier League return despite his modest returns at Watford – though West Ham seemingly aren't the only team interested.

Walter Mazzarri, Manager of Watford reacts during the Premier League match between Hull City and Watford at the KCOM Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Hull, England.

It's noted that Everton are also keen on Mazzarri, given that they have also lost four of their first seven games, leaving manager Ronald Koeman under huge pressure too.

However, the report claims that Mazzarri still lives in London, and could subsequently decide to wait and see if West Ham do move on from Bilic, rather than jumping straight into the Everton job, as the Italian press suggest a surprise scrap for Mazzarri's services.

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