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Everton have deal with Silva in place, announcement soon

Can we get started already?

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Is the long-drawn chase for Marco Silva to be appointed Everton manager appears to be winding to an end. The Mirror are reporting that a deal has been agreed to in principle between the two parties and the signing is imminent, likely before the weekend.

Watford insist that they should be owed remuneration on the approaches made by Everton for Silva while he was still in charge there, and will even push for a points deduction for the Blues.

Per the Times, the Toffees for their part are refusing to pay any compensation to Watford, going to the extent of saying that the Toffees have evidence that the Hornets made their own illegal approach for the Portuguese manager while he was in charge of Hull City.

The latest report says that Everton are looking at a three-year deal for Silva to begin with. He has already had extensive conversations with the new Director of Football Marcel Brands, and agrees with his vision to reduce the size of the senior squad. In a separate interview Brands has talked about the importance of reducing the wage bill so that new signings can be made with a rumoured transfer kitty of £100million this summer, as well as the importance of having a youth pipeline to fill out the squad.