Everton have reportedly had an approach for Watford manager Marco Silva rebuffed.
According to an exclusive report from the Independent, the Toffees hierarchy approached the Hornets on Monday morning as they looked to gain permission to discuss a move for Silva.
Everton are currently without a manager following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman last month, with David Unsworth having taken caretaker charge in recent weeks.
The likes of Sean Dyche, currently at Burnley, and Sam Allardyce, who has been without a job since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, have both been touted as candidates for the job.
However, Silva appears to be a genuine target for Everton, but Watford want to retain his services.
The Independent claim that Silva would be interested in discussing a move to Everton if a deal is agreed. However, reports in recent times have suggested that he is, in fact, happy at Vicarage Road, and is not enthused by the prospect of managing the Toffees.
Everton currently sit in 15th place and are out of both the Europa League and the Carabao Cup.