Outlets across France over the last 24 hours are in agreement that Everton have seen an opening offer for Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure knocked back by the Hornets.
26-year-old all-action midfielder Doucoure has been on the books of Watford since 2016, when he made the move to Vicarage Road from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes.
After initially struggling to lock down a starting place over his first year in the Premier League, the Frenchman has since gone on to establish himself as one of English football’s standout midfielders.
The 2017/18 campaign saw Doucoure rack up an impressive 7 goals and 3 assists across 37 league appearances, with his form this past season having proven equally as solid (11 direct contributions to goals in the Premier League).
This attacking output comes despite the 26-year-old also providing a solid defensive presence in the middle of the park, making Doucoure a highly-desirable midfield asset.
As such, it has come as little surprise to see another of Watford’s English top-flight rivals named as a keen suitor of Doucoure.
As per a number of reports emerging from France, Everton have tabled an opening bid for the 26-year-old.
The likes of L’Equipe and FootMercato report that offer to have been worth 30 million Euro. Watford, though, are said to be holding out for 10 million Euro more:
🗞 Everton have submitted a €30M bid for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré. Watford want €40M (Source -L’équipe ) pic.twitter.com/oNTnIJDxKb
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) August 3, 2019
RMC Sport (via GFFN), meanwhile, suggest that Everton’s opening proposal was worth a fee closer to 35 million Euro:
Watford have rejected a £32m offer from Everton for French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré; the Toffees intend to make a 2nd bid in the coming hours – full story https://t.co/aPpnVuFExB
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 3, 2019