Everton remain some way short of meeting Watford’s valuation of Abdoulaye Doucoure, with Sky Sports reporting that the Hornets want £35 million for the 27-year-old.
The London Evening Standard recently reported that the Toffees had had a first bid for Doucoure rejected.
It was suggested that Everton were expected to return with a second offer. And the London Evening Standard’s report stated that Watford were willing to sell for £25 million.
Sky Sports reports that talks are ongoing. However, their report has claimed that Watford want to secure as much as £35 million.
It is noted that Everton want to try and land Doucoure for a lower fee. And they may perhaps be helped, with Sky Sports reporting that the midfielder is keen to leave Vicarage Road.
TBR View: Everton should look elsewhere if Watford stick to £35 million asking price
Spending £25 million on Doucoure arguably had the potential to be an inspired deal for the Toffees. Despite Watford’s relegation, he has been excellent in the Premier League.
But Everton should perhaps back away should Watford dig their heels in. The additional £10 million makes a potential move look a greater gamble.
He is an excellent player, and may prove to be a fantastic addition to Carlo Ancelotti’s ranks. But Watford’s reported asking price should perhaps set the alarm bells ringing.