Marco Silva could have his pick of four Premier League clubs if he completes his Hull City ‘miracle’ and keeps the club in the top flight this season.
Silva admitted he would need to perform a miracle to keep Hull in the Premier League after succeeding Mike Phelan in January, but he has managed to drag the club out of the relegation zone with three games remaining.
That has alerted a number of Premier League rivals, who are now watching to see if Silva completes the great escape ahead of potential summer approaches.
Hull are desperate to keep Silva, who will have plenty of options once his contract expires at the end of the season.
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He has not ruled out staying at the KCOM Stadium, but Watford, Southampton and West Ham United all have Silva on their radar if they decide to make managerial changes.
As first revealed by Telegraph Sport, Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is fighting to save his job despite reaching the 40-point mark while Southampton will consider their options with Claude Puel under pressure.
West Ham United will review the position of Slaven Bilic at the end of what has been a difficult season and if the club do decide to make a change then Silva will tick a lot of boxes for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold if he keeps Hull up.
Hull entertain relegated Sunderland on Saturday in a game that could give their survival hopes a huge boost.
Silva’s popularity demonstrates a remarkable turnaround in perceptions of the 39-year-old after his appointment at Hull was widely derided by former players and pundits.
Away from the Premier League, Silva has also been linked with the Porto job in his native Portugal and there is interest from elsewhere in Europe.
Other than having to weigh up the future of Puel this summer, Southampton will have to fight to keep left-back Ryan Bertrand – as well as central defender Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk wants to join Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Bertrand is understood to be interested in a move away from St Mary’s.
Manchester City are in the market for a left-back and have placed Bertrand on a list of players they are interested in, while Liverpool like the 27-year-old and Chelsea are still admirers of their former player.
Bertrand still lives near Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, but would be equally interested in a switch to City or Liverpool.