Watford reject Everton's approach for manager Marco Silva

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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.

Despite having suffered a dip in form, losing their last three consecutive matches prior to the worldwide break, the Hornets now find themselves in ninth place, six positions and four points ahead of Everton, who have endured a nightmare start to the campaign.

But Watford have reportedly refused to part ways with their Portuguese manager after representatives of Everton owner Farhad Moshiri made enquiries on Monday, according to The Telegraph.

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.

While Silva himself is said to be conscious of potential perceptions where he to leave another job so quickly and doesn't want to rock the boat, having only joined Watford in the summer, sources say he is hugely tempted by this opportunity and would like the move. Silva nearly kept Hull in the Premier League before leaving for Watford, who are ninth in the table.

Silva is understood to be Everton's preferred candidate amid doubts over the attainability of both Sam Allardyce and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Caretaker boss Unsworth has overseen four games so far, losing three, and he's likely to remain at the helm for the weekend's clash at Crystal Palace, who were the first top-flight team to change managers, switching Frank de Boer for Roy Hodgson.