According to a report from the Athletic, both Spurs and Fulham are ‘monitoring’ Abdoulaye Doucoure’s situation at Watford despite heavy interest from Everton – but this doesn’t bode well for chairman Daniel Levy’s goal of signing bargain acquisitions.
Doucoure, who is currently valued at around £30 million by the Hornets, could be looking for a route back into the Premier League after suffering relegation with his current club – but the Hertfordshire side seem unwilling to let him go cheaply.
Everton are allegedly negotiating a deal to land the midfielder, with Spurs and the Cottagers both monitoring how the situation plays out, but Tottenham could be on the verge of a mistake if they do opt to compete for Doucoure.
Do you want to see Doucoure at Spurs?
Yes, make it happen Levy
No, we have enough midfield cover
The signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton for just £15 million last week arguably makes the need for another central midfield player seem redundant, especially when there are better and cheaper options like fellow reported target Ibrahim Sangare.
Jose Mourinho currently has a wealth of midfield maestros at his disposal, with Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso all available.
Indeed, despite Doucoure’s reputation, the 27-year-old was dispossessed 13 times per 90 on average in the Premier League last season (SofaScore).
There appear to be some similarities between Doucoure’s potential signing and ex-Spurs flop Paulinho – both of whom play in a central role and somewhat impressed in flashes
Averaging a steady amount of tackles and shots over 2019/2020, similar to the Brazilian in his best season at White Hart Lane, there is still room for him to become an Ndombele-type figure and eventually struggle for game time similar to Paulinho.
Given Spurs’ wealth of midfield depth, the potential lack of chances and otherwise lofty expectations could very well hinder Doucoure’s stay in north London.
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