Marco Silva in talks with Porto - but do not rule out Southampton!

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 23 May 2017, 13:02

Both Portuguese giants Porto and Southampton are in a race to secure the signature of Hull City boss Marco Silva.

The highly rated Portuguese boss is free to leave the Tigers following their relegation to the Championship as he has a relegation release clause in his contract when he took the job in January.

The 39-year-old is in Portugal to discuss terms with Porto and is keen on a return to his native Portugal, where he started his managerial career with Estoril before heading to Sporting. Porto can also boast the attraction of Champions League football having finished second, behind Benfica, in the Portuguese top flight.

Southampton on the other hand are reportedly ready to ditch Claude Puel despite finishing 8th and reaching the EFL Cup final this season. Fans are frustrated with his defensive style and his lack of character is not capturing the imagination of the St Mary’s faithful.

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Silva could fancy another job in the Premier League given his relative success at Hull City but Southampton may have to pull out some big bucks in order lure him to the south coast. Watford are also keen to secure his services following their decision to sack Walter Mazzarri.

Porto seem to be in the box seat to secure his signature and with an overall career win percentage of 54.8% they will be picking up one of the best up and coming coaches in Europe.

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