it might be hard to swallow for Evertonians, but from a neutral foriegn player point of view.. why would he leave the club that gave him a chance in England.. for a club that he see's is basically the same or even below where he is playing..
that may change if we finish in the top 6 or so the next few seasons.. but i dont think Doucoure is all that, anyway.
players/people have their own points of views based on their own understanding/experience... getting pissed off at him for saying what he did, is just a waste of time..
its not like he is/was our manager and saying that West Ham have the same history as us.
There is a different atmosphere in the league now that every club is effectively rich just by being in it, in the past the likes of Watford's best players would be on 30k so coming to Everton for 50k was still a huge pay rise and playing at a higher level with potential European football.
These days if you're Watford's star and there is a lot of interest in you you're better off leveraging that to get an 80k+ contract and wait until one of the top 6 come for you a year later with a built in Champions League club release clause, with the added benefit of relegation release clauses also.
It's been said in the past that some clubs hard balling has cost them in the long run and i've seen no definitive evidence of that but if Doucoure fancies himself to be at a top club in a years time it makes more sense to stay at Watford than move to us for £40 million only to be denied subsequent moves to the clubs above us or have them baulk at demands.
Look at Sigurdsson for example, Swansea rinsed us for him on the transfer fee and there is rumoured wages of 150k p/w because he's a prem proven star, now he's been very good for us but I find it impossible to believe there wasn't someone better out there for that money.
If a team like United came in for him this summer we'd be wanting to make profit again and it'd be hard for him to secure that transfer with United presumably not wanting to pay that much money for someone getting towards 30.
Our best bet will be with the ultra talented young players in smaller leagues, the likes of Lozano looking for a realistic step up before going to the top clubs, if it were me i'd freely give them release clauses for Champions League clubs and pay them well to convince them, say we went after Sessegnon from Fulham and offered him 80k p/w with an £80 million release clause to Champions League clubs as his first contract, if he ends up being class you're guaranteed a lot of money and he'd have a way of leaving the club should interest arise.
Everton are currently a buffer club for the top sides and need to act appropriately.