Everton have made Abdoulaye Doucoure one of their top targets this January, according to The Mirror.
Marco Silva wants to raid his former club Watford to bring Doucoure to Goodison Park and bolster his midfield.
And the latest reports in the media suggest that Everton may be handed a major boost in this pursuit.
According to the print edition of The Sun on Sunday (23rd December) via HITC Sport, Watford are keen on launching a £15m bid for Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing.
Watford see Billing as a like-for-like central midfield replacement for Doucoure, surely prompting Everton to make an early January move for their midfield target.
Doucoure has enjoyed another impressive campaign with the Hornets, helping them to a higher league position than Everton by Christmas.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has scored twice and set up five assists in 18 Premier League matches and his box-to-box displays have got Silva desperate to reunite.
Watford are clearly preparing for life without Doucoure by targeting Billing.
The 22-year-old has scored two goals for struggling Huddersfield this season and might fancy a move to a team competing for the European spots.
The Denmark youth international has all the ingredients to become as good as Doucoure and Billing’s arrival at Vicarage Road is good news for Everton too.
Everton landing Doucoure could hand them the initiative in their battle with Watford and other teams to finish in the top six.