Watford manager discusses Doucoure future as Tottenham reportedly plan bid

Mauricio Pochettino the Spurs manager celebrates his team's goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at Boleyn Ground on August 16, 2014...

Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure from Premier League rivals Watford in the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino could not have picked a better time to make that short trip to Vicarage Road.

As reported by the Mail, the Spurs manager was very impressed with the performance of Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure as The Hornets stunned Chelsea 4-1 in Javi Gracia’s first league game in charge of the club.

The French midfielder was a dominant force in central midfield, overpowering N’Golo Kante and co and providing the platform for a remarkable win.

Watford's French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure (C) runs with the ball during the English FA Cup fourth round football match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium in...

And the Mail states that Spurs have joined North London rivals Arsenal as well as Liverpool in planning a summer move for one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season.

Although, understandably, Watford boss Gracia is not keen on the idea of losing one on of his key players so soon.

"I think he [Doucoure] is in a big club at Watford. I hope he will be with us for many years to come. I am happy with their level and would like them to stay with us,” the former Malaga boss told Sky Sports.

Javi Gracia, Manager of Watford looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Southampton, England.

The prospect of Doucoure still dominating midfields at Vicarage Road come 2021, however, seems fanciful.

Spurs are on the lookout for a long-term successor to Mousa Dembele, whose contract expires in the summer of 2019. Soft-centred Arsenal and Liverpool, meanwhile, are crying out for an athletic and commanding central midfielder of Doucoure’s ilk to add some steel to the silk.

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