Watford rebuff Everton move for Marco Silva

Watford rebuff Everton move for Marco Silva

The Hornets issued a hands-off warning after the managerless Toffees made an approach on Monday.

It's now been three weeks since Koeman became the third Premier League casualty of the season - West Ham have since sacked Slaven Bilic - and yet the struggling club remain managerless.

Silva emerged as a potential successor to Ronald Koeman in the Blues' hot seat on the back of a highly impressive start to his Vicarage Road tenure.

The Portuguese nearly pulled off a miracle by keeping Hull in the Premier League last season before switching to Watford, where he has also started well.

But he has impressed by leading the Hornets to ninth in the table after 11 games.

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Everton are now assessing their options and considering whether it is worth stepping up their pursuit of Silva.

Everton themselves feel they can clinch that with an offer that would double his wages and promise ample scope to do business in the January window - especially as the club needs a striker - although no concrete discussions have yet taken place, since Watford are now completely unwilling to let their manager go.

As well as this, Sam Allardyce couldn't be tempted into the role by Everton - who has only offered the former England national team manager a contract until the end of the season.

Unsworth took charge of four games before the global break, winning just one of them, ironically against Watford when Everton fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 earlier this month.

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