Everton agree fee for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doukour – medical within 48 hours

Everton are making moves in the transfer market with a fee agreed with Watford for Abdoulaye Doucoure, believed to be in the region of £25m.

Ducour was one of the few bright sparks in the Hornets’ disappointing campaign last season, as the club were relegated to the second tier on the final day of the season.

A boardroom disaster that has seen managers come and go at an alarming rate has not helped the club’s cause, and now a number of their key stars are set to depart, including Ducour.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road for the past two seasons, but the 27-year-old has finally quieted endless speculation with Seth traveling north to undergo a medical in the next 48 hours. has done

A fee, believed to be in the region of £25m, has been agreed by Carlo Ancelotti, while personal terms have already been arranged. In 141 appearances for Watford since joining from Rennes, Ducour has scored 17 goals and assisted a further 12, playing in various positions in midfield.

Arriving at Goodison Park to much fanfare, Ancelotti’s second spell in the Premier League has yet to live up to expectations. Everton improved (somewhat) under his tutelage, but still managed just eight wins in his 21 games at the helm, finishing in 12th position in desperate need of reinforcements.

Ancelotti has focused heavily on bolstering his midfield/Pool/Getty Images

With the club heading into its first summer transfer window, significant spending is set to take place (again) as Ducour is expected to be joined by Napoli’s Allen and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez with the impending arrivals.

Allen previously worked under Ancelotti in Italy, while Rodriguez did the same at Bayern Munich and Madrid. The Brazilian would cost £25m, with the Colombians believed to be in line for a similar fee.

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