Everton are reportedly chasing Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

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.

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