Everton have distanced themselves with signing Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha as the winger looks more likely to stay in South London by the day.
Everton had an offer rejected by Crystal Palace of £52million, according to the Guardian.
It had been reported by Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News that Everton had increased their offer to £55m plus the inclusion of Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy – two players Palace have been linked with all window.
However, these claims were later rubbished by Everton, after they released an official statement distancing themselves from such rumours (as per BBC Sport).
The statement from the club read: “Everton Football Club categorically denies that a bid has been submitted to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha that included an increased sum plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy.
“Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship. A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down.”
Zaha has been linked with Arsenal for much of this window and the Emirates looked the most likely destination for the winger, however, the chances of that now happening look incredibly slim with the Gunners allegedly agreeing a club-record fee of £72million (The Independent) for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 24.
This is great news for Palace as the potential suitors for Zaha are thinning quickly.
Arsenal were obviously the big favourites to sign Zaha, yet Steve Parish and Crystal Palace held strong by not budging from their £80m price tag and now they have gone to Lille to find their new winger in Nicolas Pepe – which suits Palace just fine.
The next most likely option for Zaha was Everton, though it was hard to ever see Zaha joining the club. He has established himself as one of the better players out of the top six and now wants to prove himself at a European level, as revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail – but with Everton not in Europe and having legendary status at Palace, moving to Everton would have been a huge surprise.
His importance for Palace is unrivalled; his 10 league goals, five assists and six penalties won (WhoScored) were vital for Palace recording their highest ever points tally in the Premier League last season.
It’s good news for Palace fans, who are getting closer to keeping onto their star player for another term.
There has been relatively little business at Selhurst Park but news that Zaha is staying would be a big lift for the club.
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