Everton close to appointing Marco Silva as their new manager

Marco Silva looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park
Image: Marco Silva is set to return to management with Everton

Everton hope to announce Marco Silva as their new manager by the end of the week, Sky Sports News understands.

The Portuguese's chances of replacing Sam Allardyce are rated "99 per cent" by those close to the deal.

Silva has already spoken to Toffees director of football Marcel Brands and discussed how they are going to work together.

Brands officially takes up his role on Friday and his next discussions will centre on transfer strategy, targets and budget.

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Silva was a candidate for the Everton job after Ronald Koeman was sacked, but Watford accused them of tapping up their manager.

Everton backed off and eventually settled for Allardyce but with manager and squad seemingly distracted by the saga, Watford's form dipped and Silva was sacked in January.

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Everton owner Farhad Moshiri believes Silva is the man to take the club into its new £500m, 55,000-seater stadium at Bramley Moore Dock for the 2022-23 season, with the 40-year-old expected to sign a long-term deal.

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