According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Everton are eyeing up a move for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The 25-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League side Watford and has done so since 2016, with several impressive performances for the Hornets seemingly attracting the interest of Toffees boss Marco Silva.
And reports suggest that Silva, who was of course in charge of Watford for a spell last season, is interested in reuniting with the Frenchman, which should be of keen interest to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as, were Doucoure to move to Goodison Park, it could spell the end of James McCarthy’s time on Merseyside.
Ultimately, it has been a testing few years for Republic of Ireland international McCarthy given he missed the first half of last season through injury, only to return and four games later suffer a broken leg against West Brom, which thus left him out for the remainder of the campaign.
And while the former Wigan Athletic man is on the road to recovery, and does appear to be nearing a return to first team action, reported interest in Doucoure suggests that Silva isn’t entirely convinced by the 28-year-old – they are also reportedly keen on Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.
As such, it’s plausible that a move for Doucoure could open the door for McCarthy to leave Goodison Park, and given he is a Celtic fan, and indeed tried out for their youth teams at the start of his career, Rodgers must seek to make a move for the midfielder.
Ultimately, the Bhoys look set for a battle for their eighth Scottish Premiership title from bitter rivals Rangers, given the gap between the two teams is currently just two points after 13 games of the campaign.
Thus, Rodgers will need quality and experience in his side to fend off Steven Gerrard’s men over the course of the second half of the season – and McCarthy would provide both in abundance.
The 28-year-old made the move to Everton to team up with ex-Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, chiefly down to just how good McCarthy is with the ball at his feet – he is calm and confident in possession, but can also pick a pass and launch attacks.
Add in his tenacity off the ball in getting stuck in and seeking to break up play, and the Irishman has all the qualities needed to be a quality central midfielder in the Scottish top-flight – over 200 Premier League appearances also underlines his wealth of experience.
As such, with Everton reportedly keen on Doucoure, Celtic boss Rodgers must be ready to pounce by moving for £50,000-a-week McCarthy (as per Spotrac), who could be one man likely to suffer from the Frenchman’s arrival at Goodison Park.
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