By Danny Mills

23rd Aug, 2020 | 2:40pm

Exclusive: Pundit drops big Idrissa Gueye claim as Everton table big-money midfielder deal

Danny Mills is adamant that Abdoulaye Doucoure would be a “very good acquisition” for Everton after the club offered the Watford player a lucrative deal to join this summer.

The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, has tipped the 27-year-old to fill the void left by Idrissa Gueye’s departure 12 months ago.

Gueye moved to Paris Saint-Germain last July in a £27million transfer and his replacement Jean-Philippe Gbamin has struggled with injury since his arrival.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier this week, the Toffees have tabled Doucoure a £120,000-a-week contract as they bid to prise him from Vicarage Road.

Such a deal would elevate the French midfielder, who made 39 appearances last term, into the top bracket of earners at Goodison Park with Bernard and Yerry Mina already on £120,000-a-week, according to Spotrac.

When asked by Football Insider if the Watford midfield enforcer would be a welcome addition on Merseyside, Mills said:

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“They lost Idrissa Gueye, that midfield holder and Doucoure is that kind of player. He is athletic, has lots of energy but is happy to sit in that holding role and break things up.

“That is what Everton missed at times last season so I can see that, if it comes off, as a very good acquisition for Everton. (Maybe they need him) because they did not start too well yesterday!”

The Toffees preseason campaign got off to a shaky start as they had to recover from three early goals to rescue a 3-3 draw against Blackpool.

They found themselves 3-0 down after just 11 minutes at Bloomfield Road but a brace from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin spared their blushes.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider that he expects club to sell England international after mega deal is tabled.