SILVA SHOCK

An independent inquiry is taking place to decide whether the Merseyside club made an illegal approach for the Portuguese

Everton are facing a fine and a possible points deduction over their pursuit of Marco Silva.

An independent inquiry has been launched by the Premier League after Watford accused the the Merseyside club of “tapping up” Silva when he was their manager last season.

Watford were angered with Everton’s pursuit of Marco Silva last season

Watford were angered with Everton’s pursuit of Marco Silva last season

The Portuguese had been Everton’s number one target to replace Ronald Koeman last autumn but, having failed to agree a compensation package with the Hornets, the Toffees instead appointed Sam Allardyce.

Watford’s form nosedived amid the uncertainty over Silva’s position and they subsequently sacked him in January this year, blaming Everton’s “illegal” approach as the “catalyst for this decision”.

Everton went on to appoint Silva as their manager in May after ending Allardyce’s reign, and Watford remain angry with the way in which the club have gone about their business.

Now, according to The Times, Everton could be hit with a heavy sanction from the Premier League after Watford made a formal complaint.

An investigation is taking place which may require Silva and his new club’s hierarchy, including majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, to hand over phone records and diaries to a QC to uncover any contact between the two parties and when it took place.

Farhad Moshiri may have to hand over email and phone records

Farhad Moshiri may have to hand over email and phone records

The Times say it is the most high-profile case of its kind since Chelsea were found guilty of breaching Premier League rules with their approach for Ashley Cole in 2005.

Chelsea were hit with a £300,000 fine and a suspended three-point deduction, Cole was fined £75,000 and Jose Mourinho had to pay £75,000 for attending a meeting at a London hotel with the former Arsenal defender.

Should Everton be found guilty of an illegal approach for Silva, the most likely scenario would be a sizeable compensation fee being paid to Watford.

Read the full story in The Times here.

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