Report: Watford prepared to put Everton target Marco Silva on gardening leave

Watford manager Marco Silva looks on  during the pre-season friendly match between AFC Wimbledon and Watford at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames,...

Watford boss Marco Silva is reportedly keen to join Premier League rivals Everton, but the Hornets are not willing to let him go.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Watford are prepared to put Marco Silva on gardening leave for the rest of the season if he tries to quit the club in an attempt to secure a move to Everton.

The Toffees are still looking for Ronald Koeman's successor at Goodison Park and it appears that Silva is, or has been, their number one candidate for the job - with The Telegraph reporting that they have already made two approaches for the Hornets boss.

Watford manager Marco Silva looks on  during the pre-season friendly match between AFC Wimbledon and Watford at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Kingston upon Thames,...

The Telegraph reports that Watford have rejected both bids, but the Portuguese is privately keen to swap Vicarage Road for Merseyside. However, it appears that a move is not going to come easy for the former Hull City boss.

Watford have no plans to negotiate with Everton, even after the Toffees put a £10 million financial package to them in an attempt to lure Silva away, and The Telegraph reports that they are even ready to put the 40-year-old on gardening leave for the rest of the season if he tries to quit to boost his hopes of moving to Everton.

Watford's Portuguese head coach Marco Silva shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford...

Given Watford's stance, it seems more than likely that Everton will not be landing their top target before the end of the season, so it arguably leaves the Toffees with a decision to make.

They could either look to keep David Unsworth in charge for the rest of the season and make a fresh move for Silva in the summer perhaps, or they could forget about Silva altogether and look to make an appointment in the near future that sees another manager come in on a permanent basis.

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