According to the club’s official website, the Hornets have completed a deal for the box-to-box operator, who has moved to the Vicarage Road outfit on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
Sky Sports journalist Adam Leventhal noted on Twitter that Watford are spending £8 million to sign the midfielder, who will become their all-time record signing.
— Adam Leventhal (@AdamLeventhal) February 1, 2016
The Franco-Malian midfielder—who can operate behind the striker in a No. 10 role, or in a deeper role in the heart of the park—has been enjoying a fine campaign in Ligue 1, where he has scored twice in 16 games.
Despite his fine and dominant showings, Rennes are enduring something of a troubled campaign, with Rolland Courbis replacing Philippe Montanier in January, despite the club’s ongoing—unexpected—hunt for a Champions League spot.
Doucoure has come through the ranks at Rennes, and while he is eligible for Mali, he has represented France at every youth level from U-17 to U-21 level.
As noted by the club website, the player will move to La Liga outfit Granada—who share the same owners as Watford—for the remainder of the campaign.
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