Everton have confirmed the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford today.
The 27-year-old midfielder has become the third major signing for the Toffees in four days, following the arrivals of Allan and James Rodriguez, from Napoli and Real Madrid respectively.
Doucoure took to social networking site Twitter to express his reaction after his official move to Everton was confirmed by the club. He wrote:
— Abdoulaye Doucouré (@abdoudoucoure16) September 8, 2020
According to reports from The Guardian, the midfielder has signed a three-year contract, with Everton having the option on a fourth season.
Doucoure made 129 Premier League appearances in four years at Vicarage Road. Everton have paid in the region of £20m for his signature.
The Merseyside club tried to sign the former Rennes midfielder last summer but Watford refused to sell.
However, his situation has changed after Watford’s relegation to the Championship. Everton have now spent in the region of £60m revamping their midfield this summer.
Carlo Ancelotti will now focus on bolstering his defence. According to reports from ESPN, the Toffees are close to signing the Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
Tomori struggled for game time since the restart after coronavirus. He didn’t play a single minute for the Blues.
He is likely to drop down the pecking order at the club following the arrival of Thiago Silva on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.