Everton manager Marco Silva may have received a dreaded vote of confidence in the week, but it appears that the club are intent on replacing him with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

A 2-0 home defeat to Norwich in Everton's last game increased the pressure on Silva, with fans calling for a change in the Goodison Park dugout. Sunday's trip to high-flying Leicester could well be the Portuguese's last game in charge, if reports are to be believed.

Eddie Howe

Initially, David Moyes was tipped for a return to Goodison Park but that rumour has been met with widespread condemnation, prompting the Toffees to turn their attention to Howe.

The M​irror claim the toxic atmosphere following the Norwich defeat has sparked the Everton hierarchy into moving for Howe and they are prepared to offer a lucrative package to tempt him away from the south coast.

There is a feeling that Howe, who has previously said that he was a "passionate Everton fan as a kid", could be tempted by a new challenge, having taken Bournemouth as far as he can.

Were Silva to be sacked in favour of Howe, the former Burnley boss would face taking over a side who have splurged hundreds of millions of pounds over recent seasons, for little reward.

Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin were high profile signings during the summer, but all have failed to make an impact on Merseyside for various reasons.

Marco Silva

Ahead of their clash with high-flying Leicester, Everton sit just two points clear of the relegation zone after winning just four of their 13 Premier League fixtures this season, slipping to seven defeats.

Howe, meanwhile, has presided over just one victory in Bournemouth's last eight Premier League fixtures and has surprisingly amassed only two more points than the beleaguered Everton manager. 

However, Howe has been a long-term target for Everton and has more than enough credit in the bank after establishing Bournemouth in the top flight, creating an enjoyable-to-watch style of football in the process.