Euro boss wants Everton manager talks after club respond to approach

Everton's approach for Watford's Marco Silva has been rebuffed
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Everton have at long last stepped up their bid to appoint a successor to Ronald Koeman after identifying Watford manager Marco Silva as their new number one target.

Silva, who joined Watford from relegated Hull in the summer has only been in charge for 11 Premier League games and has already made a huge impact on and off the pitch.

They were met with a strong rejection from Watford, who have seen Silva oversee their best start to a top-flight season since the Graham Taylor era.

Hornets top brass hold all the cards as there is no release clause in the Portuguese boss's two-year contract and the club will not even discuss compensation.

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White also added that Silva would in fact have been interested in speaking to the board at Goodison Park if a deal was to have been reached between the sides, but that Watford knocked back the approach without a second thought.

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. Silva nearly kept Hull in the Premier League before leaving for Watford, who are ninth in the table.

According to Sky Bet, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is 6/1 for the Everton managerial role, while the odds of Wales national football team head coach Chris Coleman taking charge of the Toffees are 18/1.