Everton have finally made their move for a new permanent manager by approaching Watford to speak to Marco Silva, according to The Telegraph.
The Telegraph adds that Watford have rebuffed Everton’s advances, but that Silva would like the opportunity to talk to the bosses at Goodison Park.
The Portuguese only took over the Hornets in the summer but has overseen an impressive start to the season which saw them as high as fourth in the table.
His promising early work at Vicarage Road follows his commendable turnaround of Hull City last term, which nearly kept the Tigers in the Premier League.
Silva has developed a reputation as one of the best young managers in Europe, so Everton’s interest in the 40-year-old should come as little surprise.
However, the Toffees are unlikely to be the only club keeping tabs on Silva and he would be wise to wait things out at Watford until a bigger offer comes along.
According to The Independent, Silva is one of the managers that Manchester United are considering to replace Jose Mourinho, who has made noises about leaving.
Been said by every man & his dog but Marco Silva sums up everything Arsenal require in a new manager. Progressive, man-manages and exciting.— Tom Marshall-Bailey (@TomMarshall_B) October 21, 2017
Marco Silva will 100% be Chelsea manager one day.— ً (@SimplyCosta) November 4, 2017
Arsenal and Chelsea fans on Twitter have also expressed admiration for Silva as uncertainty continues to surround the futures of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte.
Taking the Everton job would likely rule Silva out of any of those vacancies over the next two years as that would be too much club-hopping in a short period of time.