Mauricio Pochettino was reportedly in the stands to see Doucoure play against Chelsea last Monday, and was impressed by what he saw.
The Frenchman has had an excellent season for the Hornets, having scored seven goals and provided three assists in 26 Premier League games.
The central midfield player then made his debut for Watford as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign. He did not feature regularly under then manager Walter Mazzarri until January last year.
From then on however, he has been a regular starter under managers Mazzarri, Marco Silva and now Javi Gracia.