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Watford reject Everton’s £30m bid for Doucouré and close in on Sarr

• French midfielder set to remain at Vicarage Road
• Wayford hope to sign Senegal winger Sarr from Rennes

Watford do not plan to accept any offer from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucouré, having rejected a £30m opening bid for the 26-year-old midfielder that fell some way short of convincing them to change their minds.

The Everton manager, Marco Silva, worked with Doucouré during his time at Vicarage Road and has turned to the Frenchman after losing Idrissa Gueye, who has moved to Paris Saint-Germain. But Watford are unprepared to sell to a Premier League club outside the established top six, and though the player has spoken publicly of a desire to move to a bigger club, Everton do not at present represent a sufficient upgrade on his current employers.

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