Everton have reportedly given up hope of signing Abdoulaye Doucoure before tonight’s deadline.
According to RMC Sport in France, Everton have entirely abandoned their bid to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure – but are already thinking about trying again in January.
The Toffees have added Jean-Philippe Gbamin to their ranks, seemingly signing the Ivorian as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye following his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Everton also secured loanee Andre Gomes permanently, but Marcel Brands appears to be keen on signing one more midfielder to bolster Marco Silva’s options.
Everton have been attempting to land Watford midfielder Doucoure, and their last bid was allegedly worth €40million (£37million) – but the Hornets stood firm.
RMC additionally claim that Everton have given up hope of signing Doucoure before the deadline tonight but are already thinking about a January move for the Frenchman.
Doucoure, 26, hit five goals and six assists last season, continuing to shine as one of the top box-to-box midfielders in the Premier League.
Formerly of Rennes, Doucoure played under Silva at Watford in the first half of the 2017-18 season, and just last term, Silva told the Liverpool ECHO that he thinks Doucoure is ‘high quality’.
It’s therefore no surprise that Everton are already thinking of a 2020 move for Doucoure, but Watford surely won’t be any more willing to part with the midfielder in the middle of the season than they are now.