Everton are looking more and more likely to get all three of the midfield players they have been linked with in recent days. 

Loan player in part exchange for Doucoure?

Watford have reportedly asked for a player on loan as part of any deal for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The Liverpool Echo reports the two clubs remain ‘locked’ in talks for the 27-year-old, who Watford value in the region of £30m.

The Hornets’ relegation and Doucoure’s apparent desire to move to Goodison Park should strengthen Everton’s negotiating position, so they will naturally look to knock that price down.

Sending a player to Vicarage Road on loan would be the natural compromise, benefitting both clubs.

The question is who?

Jarrad Branthwaite has previously been mentioned. The 18-year-old impressed in his fleeting appearances for the Toffees at the tail end of last season and would certainly benefit from a full year playing regularly in the Championship. Much would likely defend on Everton’s ability to recruit another centre-back, unless Lewis Gibson, who spent the second half of last season out on loan at Fleetwood, becomes part of the senior squad (or goes out on loan himself).

Jonjoe Kenny spent last season at Schalke and could be a contender to go out on loan again, though Everton would likely prefer to either cash-in on the 23-year-old or keep him as back-up to Seamus Coleman.