Tommy Smith expects Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave Watford for a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain
The French midfielder has thrived at Vicarage Road following his arrival in 2016 from Ligue 1 side Rennes, which has led to reports of interest from bigger clubs.
Liverpool and Everton have both been linked with Doucoure recently, but Smith believes PSG are the favourites to make a £50m bid in this month’s transfer window.
“He’ll be a huge loss if he does leave and ultimately he probably will do,” Smith told Love Sport Radio.
“When you’re talking about clubs the size of PSG, Champions League football and titles, for any player that’s going to be attractive.
“When you’re talking £50m for a player, for a club like Watford that’s enormous. I think if that is the kind of interest, it will only be a matter of time.”
The former winger compared Doucoure to fellow French midfielder and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, who now coaches OGC Nice in Ligue 1.
“I’ve seen him play a number of times and he’s an exciting talent who can score goals as well,” added Smith.
“He’s a Vieira-esque midfielder who gets up and down and gets in both boxes.
“He’s quite physical and he’s good on the ball as well so I’m not surprised by the interest.”
Doucoure didn’t feature in Watford’s 2-0 FA Cup win over National League side Woking on Sunday.