Cape Town - Watford have rejected Everton's advances for their in-demand manager Marco Silva after making a flying start to the Premier League campaign.
Portuguese coach Silva has been at Vicarage Road since the summer after he spent the latter half of last season at Hull City, although he just failed to save them from relegation.
The Hornets have started the season brightly under the 40-year-old former Sporting and Olympiakos manager, winning four of 11 games so far this season to occupy ninth place with 15 points.
Representatives from Goodison Park contacted Watford on Monday but were told Silva would not be allowed to leave this season, according to the Telegraph.
There is reportedly no release clause in Silva’s two-year contract with Watford.
Silva has become Everton's main target following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.
Everton under-23 coach David Unsworth is currently in temporary charge, but has won just one of four games, a 3-2 win over Silva's Watford.
Former England boss Sam Allardyce has been linked with the vacancy, while Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.