Everton and Watford could be set to go head-to-head over the appointment of Marco Silva as the former's new manager following the sacking of Sam Allardyce.
As the Independent reports, Silva is now the favourite to succeed Allardyce at Goodison Park after the 63-year-old was dismissed from the position earlier today (May 16).
Yet this is after club chairman Bill Kenwright reportedly gave assurances to Silva's former side Watford that the Toffees would not appoint the Portuguese this summer.
The Merseysiders had wanted to appoint Silva, then boss at Vicarage Road, after axing Ronald Koeman but a deal could not be agreed and in the end Allardyce was hired instead.
The Hertfordshire outfit then sacked the former Hull City chief in January, citing Everton's move to sign him as a direct reason behind the decision.
Watford are still seeking compensation from the Toffees as a result and if they do now name Silva as boss then that stance will only be strengthened.
The club are also in a separate legal battle with the manager himself, whom they claim breached his contract when the approach was made.