Fulham are reportedly ‘interested’ in signing Abdoulaye Doucoure from Everton in the January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Surplus to requirements
With the arrivals of Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner in the summer, Doucoure has seemingly been pushed down the pecking order at Goodison Park, with the central midfielder making a mere eight appearances so far this season, and not starting a game in the Premier League since August (Transfermarkt).
He has struggled with a hamstring injury in this campaign, and has also had spells out on the sidelines in his previous two seasons on Merseyside (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, with his contract up next summer, Frank Lampard’s side may look to cash in on Doucoure in January.
The Latest: Fulham interest
Taking to Twitter, Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas has revealed that Fulham are ‘interested’ in signing Doucoure in January, as manager Marco Silva worked with him at Watford:
“#Fulhamfc are interested in a January move for #Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. Worked under Marco Silva already at Watford and without a Premier League start since August.”
The Verdict: Get rid
With just a few months left on his contract, January presents the optimal time for the Toffees to get rid of Doucoure.
On £120,000-per-week, he is the joint-highest earner in the squad, and given how little game time he has had, this is simply too much to be paying a bit-part player, who is also susceptible to injuries.
The Blues could use the money saved on his wages (approximately £3m from now until the end of the season) to reinvest in another signing, or keep it in the bank for the summer.
Nonetheless, now is the time for all parties to part ways.