Everton have completed the signing of Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, the club has confirmed.
The 27-year-old French midfielder has penned down a three-year deal at Goodison Park keeping him at the club till the summer of 2023, with the club including an option for a fourth season, signing for a reported fee of £20million plus add-ons.
The Frenchman was expected to exit the Vicarage Road following the Hornets’ relegation to the Championship last season and joins a Toffees side showing their intent to improve on last season’s showing.
The Merseyside club were previously interested in Doucoure last summer, when Marco Silva was at the helm, but their bid in the region of £35m was rejected.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been busy in the transfer window over the past week, with James Rodriguez and Allan arriving at the Merseyside club.
Abdoulaye Doucoure has become the latest reinforcement to Ancelotti’s squad, as the Italian boss looks to strengthen his midfield and improve on last season’s 12th-placed finish.
It would be expected that Rodriguez occupies a central role behind a lone striker, while Allan and Doucoure enjoy their natural holding roles. The latter did end up moving further forward for Watford often last season, though his four Premier League goals was his worst tally since 2016/17, his first season in English football.
Doucoure featured in 37 matches for Watford in 2019-20 Premier League campaign, scoring four goals, though he could not help the Hornets avoid a drop to the Championship.
Doucoure made a total of 129 appearances in the Premier League for Watford across four seasons with the club, scoring 17 goals.
Everton will kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Tottenham in North London on Sunday.
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