Watford fans react after hearing Silva wants Abdoulaye Doucoure

Marco Silva of FC Everton looks on during the Opel Cup 2019 match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Everton at Opel Arena on July 27, 2019 in Mainz, Germany.

Everton are reportedly chasing Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford FC during the Pre-season Friendly match between Ajax and Watford FC at Saalfelden Arena on July 18, 2019 in Saalfelden, Austria

Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain last week, and moved quickly to sign his apparent replacement in Mainz star Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

The Toffees are looking for Ivorian international Gbamin to take Gueye's immense workload and ensure the Everton midfield isn't weakened, but another midfielder appears to be on the radar.

L'Equipe report that Everton want to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, and have offered around €30million (£27.5million) for the Frenchman.

 

Doucoure, 26, impressed for Watford last season with five goals and six assists in the Premier League, continuing to show that he's one of the top box-to-box midfielders in the top flight.

Doucoure has been linked with Everton in the past, and Everton boss Marco Silva – who coached Doucoure with fine results in 2017 – is again interested in a reunion.

Watford have reportedly rejected Everton's bid, and having signed Gbamin, it's unclear whether Everton will return with a move.

Marco Silva of FC Everton looks on during the Opel Cup 2019 match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Everton at Opel Arena on July 27, 2019 in Mainz, Germany.

Hornets fans are reacting on Twitter to the rumours though, believing that it's something of a concern if Everton can get to around £50million – almost twice their first bid.

Some would question Doucoure's ambition and mentality if he signed for Everton, believing that it's a sideways move to join Everton as they're not a Champions League side – with one fan even criticising Everton for a 'lazy' scouting network.

Watford supporters prepare for the English FA Cup final football match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London, on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Glyn KIRK

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