WATFORD have threatened to report Everton to the Premier League if the Toffees continue their pursuit of boss Marco Silva.
Everton have been desperate for the impressive Portuguese manager to fill the vacant role at Goodison Park.
Silva, who masterminded a 3-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday, has failed to commit his future to Watford since Everton’s strong interest.
But the Hornets have already sent letters to the club from lawyers warning them off the 40-year-old.
And they are ready to take it up with Premier League chiefs with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri prepared to make one final last ditch attempt to land Silva, report The Sunday Times.
Mega-rich Moshiri has offered to stump up at least £10million in compensation to get his man but Watford remain adamant that no money would be enough for them to cash in.
Silva has accepted he is unlikely to leave Watford during the season but SunSport exclusively revealed that he is eyeing a Champions League club with his reputation continuing to soar.
Watford’s comfortable win over the Magpies on Saturday leaves them in seventh place, just three points off Champions League hopefuls Tottenham in fourth.
Everton may still go for Silva at the end of the season but could face serious competition from some of Europe’s elite clubs.
Sources close to Silva reveal his ambitions are huge and he thinks he can become one of the most wanted young managers.