Abdoulaye Doucoure could be on his way out of Vicarage Road

Watford have rejected Everton’s initial bid for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Hornets want £25m for the Frenchman which the Toffees may well meet.

Corriere Dello Sport in Italy reports that Serie A side Sassuolo are interested in Watford playmaker Roberto Pereyra.

The Argentine made 28 appearances for Watford in the Premier League this season, and despite dropping out of the Premier League, Pereyra’s playmaking ability in the middle of the park has seen him being credited with interest from several Italian clubs.

Ignacio Pussetto is on the verge of sealing a return to Udinese just seven months after joining Watford in a £7 million deal
In that time he has played only 67 minutes of game time. That’s over £100,000 per minute played – even before his wages.

That’s a lot of money per minute, which the club may never recoup.

Vladimir Ivic set to take over at Watford

The Hornets controversially sacked manager Nigel Pearson with two games to go at the end of last season, with Hayden Mullins subsequently unable to save them from the drop.

With the growing mess continuing with Pearson’s exit, the Pozo family have moved quickly to get their house in order ahead of the new Championship season.

Ivic is a free agent after leaving Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv last month and he is expected to sign a three-year deal at Vicarage Road next week.

The Serbian has established a good reputation, with two league titles in Tel Aviv, following a successful stint in charge of Greek club PAOK Salonika.


Watford’s Troy Deeney linked with surprise Spurs move

The Hornets were relegated from the Premier League last month after 5 years in the division, with talismanic skipper Deeney crucial to their promotion to the top flight and subsequent half a decade stay there.

The 32-year-old forward hinted that his time at Vicarage Road may be coming to an end upon the club’s return to the Championship, but not many would have envisioned Deeney being linked to Tottenham.

Newspaper The Sun report that the veteran striker has been of interest to Spurs boss Jose Mourinho as a possible loan option for next season, following Troy Parrott’s loan switch to Millwall.

After 10 years at Watford, it is difficult to imagine Deeney in anything but a yellow Hornets shirt – and although the links to Tottenham come as a shock, strange things do happen in the transfer market, arguably accentuated in these testing times.