Watford are still seeking compensation from Everton over their failed pursuit for Marco Silva – the favourite to replace Sam Allardyce as manager.
Everton courted Silva at the start of the season, the Hornets having sat fourth in the Premier League after eight games.
But their season was derailed as the speculation intensified, with Watford referring to an ‘unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival’ when sacking Silva in January.
Watford made an official complaint to the Premier League at the time over what they felt was the tapping up of their former manager.
The Independent reports that ‘the Premier League suggested mediation between the two clubs’, where Keith Harris and Bill Kenwright met Watford officials to discuss the situation.
It was there that Harris and Kenwright insisted that they would not be appointing Silva as their next manager, but no compensation package could be agreed.
It has now emerged that Silva is the favourite to replace Allardyce – who left the club on Wednesday – as manager at Goodison Park.
The Independent add that ‘Watford’s compensation claim would be further strengthened’ if Everton renege on that promise as expected.