Several of the Premier League’s biggest clubs are lining up in the hope of signing Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure according to reports.
Our resident writer Peter Henry wrote earlier this month that the Watford midfielder boasted all the talents necessary in order to play for any of the top six clubs, and with the looks of recent reports, he could be playing for one of those clubs by the start of next season.
Doucoure has enjoyed an excellent season at Watford, scoring seven goals and providing three assists already this term from his central midfield base.
His dynamic and creative displays have reportedly attracted attention from at least three of the big six sides so far, with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool all interested in his services.
The 25-year-old recently confirmed that interest from those three clubs, although he admitted that he is only focusing on finishing the season strongly with the Hornets.
He said: “It’s true that these clubs are interested. But I’m at Watford for the moment and I want to finish my season well.”
Asked which of the clubs he would prefer to join, he added: “Arsenal because of Arsène Wenger.”
Watford have been trying to tie the Frenchman to a new deal, but he has been stalling on signing it.
He moved to Vicarage Road two years ago from Rennes, but was instantly sent out on loan to Watford’s partner club Granada. Since his return however, he has shown the kind of qualities why he was brought to the club.