By Anthony Onifade

13th Mar, 2023 | 3:40pm

Abdoulaye Doucoure offered to Besiktas as Everton contract runs down, club awaits manager approval

Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has been offered to Besiktas by his agent with his contract set to expire in June, according to Turkish media outlet Fotospor.

The former Watford man has established himself as a key component in Sean Dyche’s Toffees side after struggling to make an impression under former boss Frank Lampard.

The Athletic reported on 4 January that the Blues were willing to let the midfielder leave during the January window, but no move materialised. However, his time may still be up at Goodison Park with his contract expiring in June.

Turkish media outlet Fotospor report on 13 March that the Frenchman’s agent has offered his services to Besiktas with no talks planned at Everton regarding a contract extension.

The in-form Everton midfielder could join the Black Eagles, with the parties awaiting Şenol Güneş’s approval.

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Under Dyche’s tutelage Doucoure has enjoyed a renaissance in midfield, establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet since the former Burnley manager arrived at the end of January.

The former Watford ace’s presence, combative nature and box-to-box style have been key to Dyche’s gameplan at Goodison Park with the club winning three of their seven games under his stewardship.

It has proven a stark turnaround for Doucoure who could well have left the club after struggling in his relationship with Lampard during the latter part of the manager’s miserable tenure.

It’s clear Dyche has brought the best out of Doucoure but with the Toffees set to undergo a huge rebuild, especially if they remain in the English top-flight, it is still unlikely that the Frenchman will remain at Goodison Park beyond this summer.

The player has so regularly been associated with the club’s failures in recent years and it’s probably time Doucoure moves on as the club looks to usher in a new era under Dyche’s management.