It’s a busy final week of the transfer window for Everton and Abdoulaye Doucoure appears to be a player at the top of their wishlist.

The midfielder is a favourite of Marco Silva’s, and the Blues have already seen two bids, the latest reportedly €40m, rejected by the Hornets.

L’Equipe confirm that Everton sent another bid of €40m on Monday, but that was rejected outright by Watford.

In fact, Watford president Gino Pozzo is not interested in a sale at any point and has no interest in discussing a departure.

Marco Silva is a big fan of the midfielder, though, having worked with him at Watford and will not give up easily on bringing him to Goodison Park. If Everton can’t get a deal done this summer, they will try to get Doucoure in January instead.

That seems a likely conclusion at this point, with Watford seemingly unwilling to sell such a key player, and particularly to a club with whom their relationship is not great.

However, as always with the transfer market, money could change that stance.