The report claims the Hornets have a long-standing interest in the player and despite sealing a deal for Mario Suarez, the club are in talks to sign Doucoure ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Quique Flores Sanchez’s side have been one of the busiest clubs in terms of transfers this season, bringing in a host of new players which has helped the club adapt to the Premier League.
The club are owned by the renowned Pozzo family, and their wide connections throughout Europe have given them a huge advantage over their rivals in the transfer market.
Watford are currently sitting comfortably in mid-table in the Premier League, yet that hasn’t stopped them from seeking to bolster their ranks during the current transfer window.
Doucoure is a name many Watford supporters will be familiar with considering the links, and a deal to bring him to Vicarage Road ahead of the deadline is seemingly well underway.
The 23-year-old midfielder has been a key player for Rennes this season, making a total of 18 appearances in all competitions for the French side.
However, he was an unused substitute for their most recent league encounter, with a possible reason for that being the club’s intentions to avoid any potential injury amid the ongoing talks with Watford.
A former France U21 international, Doucoure would represent a fine option for Hertfordshire club.