Everton manager Marco Silva is planning yet another raid on former employers Watford, according to the Mirror, as he eyes up a move for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The Portuguese boss spent just eight months in charge at Vicarage Road and believes adding the 25-year-old to his ranks would significantly bolster his midfield options.
Whilst the Everton board are prepared to back Silva in the transfer market in pursuit of breaking into the top four, they are equally concerned at the prospect of being priced out of a move for the French midfielder.
The former Porto boss left Watford acrimoniously and whilst he succeeded in bringing Richarlison with him to Goodison Park – albeit for £50 million – the Toffees would likely be required to pay over the odds for Doucoure.
Now in his third season at Vicarage Road, Doucoure has played a pivotal role in the Hornets’ rise to ninth place in this season’s Premier League standings, making 14 appearances in all competitions.
However, the French powerhouse is not the only midfielder on Silva’s radar, with the Portuguese boss also prepared to make a highly ambitious move for Arsenal contract rebel Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international’s current deal with the North London club expires at the end of the campaign and he is widely expected to move to pastures new, more than 10 years after moving to the club from boyhood side Cardiff City.
Recent media reports have linked Ramsey with some of Europe’s major sides, with the likes of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all reportedly expressing a strong interest in snapping him up, whilst Liverpool and Chelsea are also thought to be monitoring his situation closely.
Moving to Goodison at this stage of his career would be seen as something of a step down for the 27-year-old and whilst the Toffees cannot be blamed for wanting to add Ramsey to their ranks, the Merseyside outfit may be better off plotting more realistic signings.