Watford are braced for another approach from Everton for their boss Marco Silva.
The Toffees have already been in touch with Watford twice, but to no avail – however, they are ready to return again this week.
The highly-rated Portuguese boss only took charge at Vicarage Road in the summer, after leaving Hull City. The 40-year-old has guided Watford to a very impressive start to the new season, which currently sees them in eighth.
Silva, though, has refused to rule out a move, insisting that it is all speculation – despite Everton already approaching Watford twice.
“I know the speculation and I know some of you raise doubt about commitment,” he said.
“It is not a problem for me. I look at this situation like when sometimes teams do not perform well and people start to talk about ‘maybe they will sack the coach’.
“For me it is most important what my players felt the last week and how they will feel tomorrow.”
Now sources close to Watford believe that Everton are set to make another approach this week, but it remains to be seen if they will be allowing Silva to talk – knowing that he would like the chance to see what is an offer at Goodison Park.
Everton sacked Ronald Koeman nearly a month ago, but have thus far failed to find a replacement – with interim boss David Unsworth in charge.
Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has also seen big support in recent days and is third favourite.
Bookmakers firmly believe Silva is the man for Everton – BetVictor make him 4/7, with Unsworth at 7/2 and Van Gaal 6/1.