Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has pulled on the heart strings of both Hornets and Everton supporters, as he left a teasing Twitter message reading ‘wait and see’ amid transfer speculation.
Newly-appointed Everton manager Marco Silva worked with the former France U21 international while in charge at Vicarage Road from the summer of 2017 until his sacking in early 2018.
The Portuguese boss will know all about his qualities and, with the Toffees looking to break into the top six, signing Doucoure would represent excellent business both in the short-term and long-term.
But Watford surely will not allow their prize asset to leave without a fight, while the player himself may have the final decision, and it seems he has already got both sets of supporters talking.
Taking to Twitter, Doucoure posted a cryptic message following by a thinking emoji, prompting responses from some Watford fans believing a new contract is in store while some Everton fans mull over a potential transfer.
Wait and see— Abdoulaye Doucouré (@abdoudoucoure16) July 13, 2018
It will be....no chance we would bid for him knowing how much Watford hate us— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) July 13, 2018
Dont mind Watford...Can see why the club where fuming at us....Think he would be a great signing for us...just can't see it happening at all— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) July 13, 2018
Anyone thinks Gino and Scot would sell to Everton are on drugs, no money will be enough to do business with that , chill he will sign a new deal and just go for even more money next season when he has a full year performing not just four months!— Stuart (@lowerrous) July 13, 2018
Obviously a new contract. Would love him at Everton but Watford would never sell to us. Story about us bidding was to get an improved deal, surely our board wouldn't have the audacity to bid for thier players after everything that's happened.— Mark James Botham (@MarkJamesBotham) July 13, 2018
New contract?— Sam Adams (@samadams138) July 13, 2018
Seriously, Abdoulaye, that’s what you’re giving us? ‘Wait and see’? I guess the line should be changed to ‘Never gives his thoughts away’? Please stay (unless we get £50m)!— Paul Goldsmith (@PaulGoldsmith73) July 13, 2018
£50m + Pickford— john parslow (@hornetboy84) July 13, 2018
Really hope you're staying Doucs— Cate Ephgrave (@CateEphgrave) July 13, 2018
Ahh lad put a transfer request in it u want to join the mighty blues— Tom Cain (@TomCain_1878) July 13, 2018
Gonna be great seeing you for Everton next season lad— Everton Vin (@TheoOffside) July 13, 2018
1-2–3-4 new contract ... never gives the game away !— john parslow (@hornetboy84) July 13, 2018
The 25-year-old made 37 Premier League appearances for Watford last term and scored an impressive seven goals despite not being a particularly attack-minded player.
According to Spotrac, the former Rennes man earns just £20,000 per week therefore a potential move to Goodison Park or a new deal at Vicarage Road could see him in line for a huge pay rise.