Watford legend tips Abdoulaye Doucoure to leave for PSG

WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on December 29, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace takes on Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 14, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Zaha admits he would move for a chance to play in the Champions

The 26-year-old Crystal Palace footballer is eager to be playing the European tournament, and he's willing to change clubs if needed.

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.