By Kevin Phillips

21st Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Top pundit expects big Everton favourite to quit after major development

Tom Davies has been tipped to leave Everton this summer by Kevin Phillips.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones, the former Sunderland striker delivered his verdict as the Toffees eye up Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucouré.

Newcastle United are preparing a £12m bid for Goodison fans’ favourite Davies as Steve Bruce looks to build a British core to his squad, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, Watford have rejected Everton’s opening bid for Doucouré as they hold out for £25m, according to the Evening Standard.

After Watford’s relegation to the Championship, Doucouré is expected to secure a move to the Premier League with Everton holding a long-standing interest.

The Toffees are offering the Vicarage Road midfielder wages of £120,000 a week to secure a dealFootball Insider understands.

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Asked by Football Insider whether Doucouré’s arrival could spell the end of Davies’ Everton career, Phillips said: “He’s been there a while now and unfortunately when players come in someone has to be sacrificed and someone has to move on.

“Tom has been at Everton for a good while now and he’ll probably be thinking ‘if they bring in Doucouré that’s going to threaten my position, I don’t want to be sat on the bench’.

“That could be a slight danger for him but it’s only for Carlo Ancelotti to say.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved on this summer.”

Liverpool-born Davies joined Everton at the age of 11 and has played 121 games for his boyhood club.

Doucouré signed for Watford from Rennes in 2016 and has played 129 Premier League games for the Hornets, scoring 17 goals.

The midfielder played a part in all but one of Watford’s league games last season but his efforts were not enough to prevent their relegation.

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