West Ham desperately need to beef up their central midfield department either this month or in the summer transfer window.
Declan Rice has been impressive this season, but he needs more support alongside him.
Mark Noble is still at the top of his game, but he is not getting any younger, and West Ham need to add more dynamism and energy to their engine room.
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure would be perfect for them.
In fact, well-informed insider ExWHUemployee claimed yesterday that the Hammers are keen on the 27-year-old, but the Hornets have put a huge price-tag on the midfielder’s head:
He was someone we were keen on but Watford have put a large price tag on his head https://t.co/RBhR5XRimT
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 2, 2020
West Ham should break the bank for the French ace
According to the Mirror, Doucoure is valued by Watford at £40 million, and the Hammers should not hesitate to pay that fee.
The 27-year-old is an absolute warrior. He is big and powerful, tenacious in the tackle, has bundles of energy and brings a real level of dynamism to Watford’s play.
West Ham lack all of those attributes in the middle of the park, and in fact, £40 million would be a small price to pay in order to address that issue.
Doucoure has the kind of ability that could help take the Hammers to another level entirely.
He is exactly the kind of box-to-box midfielder that West Ham need. And he could strike up a formidable central midfield partnership with Declan Rice for many years to come.
Whether David Sullivan and David Gold would be prepared to part with so much money, however, is another matter entirely.