According to RMC Sport, Everton have failed with an offer totalling £26.5million for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure – and Tottenham Hotspur should be prepared to pounce.
The Toffees are pursuing midfield reinforcements after disappointing seasons for both Morgan Schneiderlin and Davy Klaassen, and it seems that new manager Marco Silva is keen on a reunion with Doucoure.
25-year-old Doucoure hit seven goals and three assists in an impressive campaign last season, with the Watford star emerging as one of the most underrated central midfielders in the Premier League.
Everton's alleged offer of €25million (£22million) plus €5million (£4.5million) has failed, and that may be somewhat down to the fact that relations between Everton and Watford have never been worse.
The Toffees attempted to prise Silva from Watford in October, turning his head and sparking a series of poor results which resulted in Silva being sacked, yet he still managed to become Everton manager this summer.
The Mirror recently claimed that Watford will outright refuse to sell to Everton as a result of those frayed relations, and Tottenham must look to pounce with their own offer for Doucoure, with Everton's move seemingly facing issues.
Doucoure's box-to-box ability makes him a potentially ideal successor to Mousa Dembele in the heart of the Spurs midfield, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Mauricio Pochettino was keen to land him.
Tottenham should be looking to launch an improvement on Everton's bid, with Watford potentially more willing to do business with Spurs, whilst staying in the South could be appealing to Doucoure over heading to Merseyside - and with Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele potentially difficult to land, fellow Frenchman Doucoure should be a top fallback option after Everton's bid.