Report: Watford close to finally signing Abdoulaye Doucoure after long-term pursuit

Watford are reportedly close to sealing an agreement for Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

According to French website Mercato 365, Watford are close to an agreement to sign Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The Hornets are nearing a deal for Malaga winger Nordin Amrabat according to Sky Sports, but manager Quique Sanchez Flores appears to be keen on more signings yet.

Mercato 365 report that Watford are close to an agreement for Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, which would bring a lengthy chase to an end.

Doucoure, 23, has come up through the ranks at Rennes having signed back in 2007, hitting 11 goals and 11 assists since his debut in the 2012/13 season.

Now, the attack-minded midfielder looks set for a move to Vicarage Road, months after Watford initially attempted to lure him to the Premier League.

The Daily Mail reported back in August that Watford had opened talks over signing Doucoure for £8m, whilst manager Sanchez Flores told talkSPORT that he knew all about Doucoure, but wouldn't really talk about the Frenchman until he put pen-to-paper on a deal with Watford.

That never came to fruition, but now a deal to finally take Doucoure to Vicarage Road is on the cards, where he will compete with the likes of Etienne Capoue, Ben Watson and Adlene Guedioura for a place in Sanchez Flores' midfield in the second half of the campaign.

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