Silva during his days as Watford boss
Watford have made an official complaint to the Premier League over alleged tapping up by Everton for their former manager Marco Silva.
It is understood that all efforts to reach an amicable solution have resulted in failure and the Hornets are now ready to resolve the issue by involving the league.
A mediation meeting last month to ensure the situation reached an decision proved acrimonious – despite being instigated by the Premier League.
The league officials had hoped a solution could be reached by now, but after four months they are ready to convene a tribunal.
However, it is understood the most likely scenario would see a suitable compensation figure reached for Everton to pay.
In the first two months of the season, the Toffees offered to pay a £12 million compensation fee to their Premier League rivals to ensure Silva arrived as Ronald Koeman’s replacement.
The club refused to let Silva speak to the Merseysiders, and a drastic tailing off in form ensued – with the club winning just one of the next 11 games and Silva was subsequently sacked.
Sam Allardyce was the man the club eventually turned to instead, but it is understood he will meet with owner Farhad Moshiri to end his tenure in charge after just six months.