According to a report from The Daily Mirror, Everton are finding it tricky persuading Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha of a move to Goodison Park. The 25-year-old has proven to be one of the best attackers outside of the Premier League’s top six in the last few years and would certainly add a great deal of quality to Marco Silva’s ranks at the Merseyside club, although a deal looks like it’ll be tough to strike.
Yet given that landing the Ivory Coast international would go down as one of if not their biggest signing in many a year, the Toffees must do all they can to convince Zaha of a move to Everton.
Ultimately, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a wonderful few years at Selhurst Park in twice playing a key part in keeping the Eagles in the Premier League, bagging nine goals and laying on five assists to inspire Roy Hodgson’s men to safety last term, adding to the seven goals and 11 assists he contributed the season before in their survival mission.
Thus, Zaha appears to have found a consistency in both performance and indeed contribution in the last few years that wasn’t always seen in the early phase of his career, thus suggesting that he is now ready to make the step up after failing to do so at Manchester United back in 2013.
And with Everton looking up and seeking to break into the top six in the coming years, alongside their evident need for attacking reinforcements especially down the flanks, Silva’s side simply have to get a deal done for the 25-year-old.
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Zaha’s former teammate Yannick Bolasie has looked a shadow of his former self since returning from injury back in December, netting just once in the second half of last season, while Theo Walcott made a fine start to life after moving from Arsenal in January, only for things to tail off somewhat – Zaha is an upgrade on both.
And while the Everton hierarchy were deservedly criticised for their transfer policy last summer, not least in signing three number tens, going after Zaha is a clear statement of intent from owner Farhad Moshiri that the Toffees are serious about challenging the country’s elite in years to come.
Yes, convincing Zaha of a move up north appears to be something of a problem, but it is imperative that Everton pull out all the stops to land the winger this summer, as doing so would without doubt be their biggest signing in many a year.
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