Watford are ready to make midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure the club’s highest-paid player by offering him a new five-year deal.
The Hornets will not sell their six-goal top scorer, in the number-crunchers’ top 10 for the most completed passes this season, at any price in the January transfer window.
And they are understood to have opened talks with Doucoure, who will be 25 on New Year’s Day, about an improved contract worth up to £70,000-a-week.
Head coach Marco Silva has described his box-to-box sensation as the “heartbeat” of Watford’s season.
Arsenal are among the big hitters tracking Doucoure.