Watford priced Everton out of Doucoure move
Watford reportedly priced Everton out of making a move for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure during the January transfer window.
Former France youth international Doucoure has enjoyed another impressive season with the Hornets, scoring three goals and providing six assists in his 27 Premier League appearances to date.
It was current Everton manager Marco Silva that established Doucoure as an integral member of the Watford first team during his time at Vicarage Road and he was keen to reunite with the 26-year-old on Merseyside.
Indeed, Everton made inquiries to sign Doucoure during the January transfer window, however, it appears they were priced out of the move, as they would have had to equal their transfer record to complete the deal, with Watford reportedly asking for £50million.
Everton may still have paid that price had they sold Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain, but that move ultimately never materialised.
However, the Toffees may renew their interest in Doucoure, who has over four years remaining on his contract with Watford, during the summer, with other clubs also expected to test the Hornets resolve.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.