Report: Everton and Watford miss out on Yoann Gourcuff, who nears return to Rennes

The French international looks like returning to the club where he made his professional debut.

The free agent list is now an open book for many a Premier League club after the Transfer Window shut earlier this month.

Overall the list of names on the market are not overly appealing. Mostly journeyman coming to the end of their careers or players more suited to the lower leagues, Premier League teams are not going to be taking a close look at many of them.

One however who dies stand out is Yoann Gourcuff. The 29-year-old was once dubbed the ‘next Zidane’ and after inspiring Bordeaux for two seasons last decade he was considered one of Europe’s finest talents.

However, injury and a lack of form have gone hand in hand for the past five years and the undoubtedly gifted playmaker is currently without a club. That had reportedly caught the eye of both Everton and Watford. Everton need extra midfield cover, especially considering Tom Cleverley’s injury. Watford meanwhile just seem to like signing players now they are in the Premier League and Gourcuff would be a marquee signing.

However, it is reported today that neither team will get him. In fact, no Premier League team will. Despite Everton and Watford’s interest the midfielder is all set to join his first professional club Rennes, according to talkSPORT.

Gourcuff, who originally came through the ranks at Lorient, made the grade at Rennes and it was from here he earned his moves to AC Milan, Bordeaux and then Lyon.

At 29 this might have been the last chance Premier League fans had of seeing Gourcuff head across The Channel. It looks like Gourcuff may never play in England after all.

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