However any prospective deal will still depend on a compensation package that convinces the Vicarage Road hierarchy to let the 40-year-old go.
The Merseyside club’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri now sees Silva as the best possible candidate for the job and, having already made a tentative enquiry that suggested Everton would pay up to £8.5m that Watford dismissed out of hand, it is understood he is willing to back going even higher. Watford are in a position of strength because there is no release clause in the contract.
While Silva himself is said to be conscious of potential perceptions where he to leave another job so quickly and doesn’t want to rock the boat, having only joined Watford in the summer, sources say he is hugely tempted by this opportunity and would like the move.
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Everton themselves feel they can clinch that with an offer that would double his wages and promise ample scope to do business in the January window - especially as the club needs a striker - although no concrete discussions have yet taken place, since Watford are currently completely unwilling to let their manager go.
He has so far taken them to ninth in the Premier League in a much-admired start to the season.