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According to French outlet L’Equipe, Everton made an offer of €30m (£27.6m) to Watford for Abdoulaye Doucoure, with the same report adding that the midfielder could be tempted by a new challenge.
A more recent report has stated that a £32m bid for the former Stade Rennais man has been rejected by the Hornets, who unsurprisingly. don’t appear to be particularly keen on losing one of their best players.
Doucoure starred under Javi Gracia last term, scoring five goals and recording six assists in the Premier League, and he really does seem to be the complete package in midfield nowadays at the age of 26.
The Frenchman can score goals, make them, and also do his defensive duties judging by his average of two tackles and 1.5 clearances per game from last term.
However, it would be an extremely puzzling move from the Toffees if they signed the 6 foot powerhouse.
Despite his impressive stats, the Merseysiders have already signed three midfielders this summer and it is becoming increasingly difficult to see where Doucoure would fit in under Marco Silva.
The Toffees have recruited Andre Gomes on a permanent basis this summer, and have also added Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph from Mainz and Manchester City respectively.
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Silva knows Doucoure well from their time together at Watford, but the former Hull boss tends to deploy a two-man midfield in his preferred 4-2-3-1 system – with that in mind, where does the Watford No.16 get into Everton’s side?
Additionally, you can’t ignore the presence of another midfielder at the club in Tom Davies, who Silva clearly rates having handed him the armband last season – a move that allegedly made the academy graduate the youngest captain in the club’s history at just 20 years and 60 days old.
With all of those things taken into account, signing Doucoure in a big-money move would be a bizarre decision from Everton.