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.
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.
Great. Don't like the sound of this.— Jack Geldard (@geldard_jack) August 3, 2019
Thought he wanted to play champions legaue football though so he can get into the French national team.
Also Everton are better off trying to get Capoue rather than Doucoure if they are looking for a replacement for gueye. https://t.co/tJdehILjru
Why would he go to Everton? He's stated that he wants Champions League football and going from a club that finished 11th to a club that finished 8th does seem a little sideways for a player who's approaching his prime https://t.co/0CJuBf2kiF— John Wood (@WFCWoody) August 3, 2019
Frankly, we can talk at £50m. He’s superb, but far from irreplaceable. But we don’t need the money and Everton don’t really need him. This only happens if Doucouré is vacuous enough to force a move.— Jake (@_jakehorwood) August 3, 2019
Says more about Doucouré's mentality if he does push for a move to Everton. The kid has been crying about Champions League football for 2 season now.— Patrick McNicholas (@PatMcNicholas) August 3, 2019
Would make more sense to go to Leicester or Wolves over Everton. Just a scouse West Ham.
If Richarlison was worth "£50m", then Doucs is worth about£90m.— Robert Hackett (@WatfordFcRob) August 3, 2019
Had a feeling this bid would come. But got to push for at least £50m...— Sean Fulton (@Seanf81) August 3, 2019
If the pozzos are selling Doucouré to fund the sarr deal I have really lost respect for them WE STILL HAVE 50M FROM RICHARLISON— • (@knownasyj) August 3, 2019
If Everton do sign Doucoure (unlikely) it shows such a lazy scouting network from them. Doucoure is fantastic, but you can get players as good, if not better for a quarter of the price. We’d just pick up a CM for £10m who will be better than him soon. It’s what we do— Lou (@louorns) August 3, 2019
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