Everton manager Marco Silva is being linked with a sensational transfer for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, as the Portuguese coach looks to bolster his Toffees squad, according to The Mirror.
Silva has already been linked with one mega-money move for a French midfielder, with reports suggesting Lyon ace Tanguy Ndombele is a key target for the Goodison Park outfit.
The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form in Ligue 1 and his performances have caught the eye of numerous sides, including Everton.
Should the Toffees push for the four-cap international, they could be forced to pay more than £50million.
Another option under discussion is Watford’s Doucoure. The 25-year-old played under Silva before the Portuguese coach was sacked in January, but the Everton manager is still said to be a huge admirer of his.
The defensive midfielder has featured in 14 games under Javi Gracia this season and has contributed to his side’s strong start with four assists.
Like Lyon with Ndombele, Watford will demand a high fee for Doucoure despite his TransferMarkt value of £13.5million. Any such move would represent the second time in a year that Everton would have signed a large cheque to the Hertfordshire club, after signing Richarlison for £40million in the summer.
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When Silva brought Richarlison to Everton, the Toffees were in need of someone to take the club to the next level, and boy did he.
The Brazilian has starred at Goodison Park, scoring six league goals and taking to the striker position with ease. The 21-year-old has proven himself to be something special.
As for Doucoure, the Frenchman would give Everton a unit in the heart of midfield to compliment the skilful Andre Gomes and all-rounder Idrissa Gueye.
So far this season, Doucoure has recorded 42 tackles, 12 interceptions and 18 clearances, while linking the play 708 times, making the 25-year-old a perfect addition should he be favoured over Ndombele.
The former French youth international has already proven himself on the Premier League stage and would have the understanding of his manager, having worked together at Watford – one of the key reasons why Richarlison was able to shine so soon at Everton.