Fulham are keen on resurrecting a move for longstanding transfer target Abdoulaye Doucoure during the January transfer window, according to a Sky Sports report this afternoon.

The Whites have held an interest in signing the Everton midfielder since 2020 when he was one of the club’s top targets after they were last promoted to the top flight. The Malian international opted to move to Goodison Park instead of Craven Cottage two years ago, but a deal may be much easier to complete when the transfer window reopens this time around. Everton are open to allowing Doucoure to leave Merseyside, with the midfielder having made only eight appearances this season, and the player himself would be keen on a reunion with Marco Silva, whom he worked with at Watford.

Silva is keen to add depth to his midfield ranks with only Josh Onomah and Nathaniel Chalobah, who was sent off against Newcastle in his only Premier League start this season, as back up to Fulham’s first choice pairing in the engine room: Harrison Reed and Joao Palhinha. Doucoure hasn’t started a league game since August and is not thought to be in Frank Lampard’s future plans.

The 29 year-old was named Watford’s player of the season in 2017/18 and helped the Hornets reach the FA Cup final the following year. He has made 76 appearances for Everton, scoring five goals.