Watford seal deal for Ligue 1 ace

Watford have sealed a deal for Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, according to the Guardian.

The Hornets have secured the former French under-21 international on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

He follows the likes of Spanish midfielder Mario Suarez into Vicarage Road, though will not join up with his new teammates right away.

Following the completion of his medical, the 23-year old will now move to Spanish outfit Granada on loan for the rest of the season.

Watford’s club CEO Scott Duxbury revealed, ‘The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player.’

The La Liga side are owned by the Pozzo family, who have a controlling stake in the Hertfordshire side.

Manager Quique Sanchez Florez has been active this transfer window, drafting in Malaga winger Nordin Amrabat and Sunderland stopper Costel Pantillimon.

Crucially, the club have kept a hold of star strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney despite reports linking them with moves away.