Everton are preparing an improved offer to make Marco Silva their next manager.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Everton made their initial move for Silva, offering Watford an £8m compensation package to release the Portuguese from his deal. This offer was rejected by the Hornets who are keen to hold onto their newly appointed manager.
According to the Daily Mail, Everton’s follow up offer of £8.5m was also rejected, with a third improved bid thought to be being prepared.
Silva is believed to be keen to speak to the Toffees, but does not have a release clause in his contract with the Hornets, and still has the majority of his initial two year deal left to run.
Silva was made Everton’s top choice following the excellent work he has done since arriving in the Premier League 11 months ago. He took over Hull City last season, and despite being unable to prevent their relegation, was credited with turning around the club’s fortunes.
He immediately left the Tigers following their relegation, and quickly joined Watford, despite interested from Crystal Palace. Since then he has had an impressive start to life at Vicarage Road, leading the club to ninth place in the Premier League, just four points behind fifth placed Liverpool.
Everton have been without a permanent manager for a number of weeks followimg the sacking of Ronald Koeman. Koeman was replaced by former Everton defender David Unsworth who had led the club to the PL2 title during his spell as U23 manager.