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Everton still keen on Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré

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The Blues are said to have had a bid rejected for the Frenchman, who Marco Silva is already familiar with

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Doucouré scored at Goodison Park in Watford’s 2-2 draw with Everton in December
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Everton have reportedly had a bid rejected by Watford FC for central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré.

According to French publication L’Equipe, the Blues made an offer of about £27.5 million for Doucouré, 26, who is said to be ‘tempted’ by a new challenge.

But Watford will seemingly demand an extra £10 million before considering letting their French midfielder leave Vicarage Road.

A move for Doucouré by Everton may come as a surprise, with the Blues having already signed two midfielders this summer in Mainz 05’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Manchester City’s Fabian Delph.

Though with Muhamed Bešić and James McCarthy on the periphery and Morgan Schneiderlin repeatedly linked with a loan departure to Fenerbahce, Blues boss Marco Silva could perhaps be forgiven for still looking for further reinforcements in this area.

Doucouré is a player Silva is already familiar with, having been a key player in his squad at Watford during his time as Hornets manager from May 2017 until January 2018.

Silva described Doucouré as a ‘high quality player’ before the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Watford in December - a game in which the midfielder scored.

In total, Doucouré has made 92 Watford appearances since joining from Rennes in February 2016, netting 13 goals.