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Southampton may have to move fast with Silva reportedly close to two-year Benfica deal worth £3.6m

A general view of St Mary's Stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

The former Watford manager is among the early favourites to succeed Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Southampton may have to move fast if they wish to appoint Marco Silva as manager. The former Watford boss is one of the early bookmakers favourites to succeed Mauricio Pellegrino at St Mary's, after the Argentine's sacking on Monday.

According to the Times however, Silva is close to agreeing a two-year deal with Benfica - which would see him earn £1.8 million per season.

The newspaper adds that the Portuguese coach - who was courted by Everton while at Watford and "remains in the Toffees' thoughts" - is not prepared to wait with an attractive offer on the table from elsewhere.

Experienced in battle...

Southampton were among the clubs credited with interest in Silva last summer, after the 40-year-old narrowly failed to keep Hull City in the Premier League.

And his experience in a relegation battle could serve him well at the Saints, who sit only a place and a point above the bottom three.

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

That said, Silva is more commonly used to managing at the other end of the table, winning titles with Estoril and Olympiacos, either side of a spell at Benfica's city rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal.

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