Everton have rejected the idea they have made a second bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as reported by The Mirror.
This comes after Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol had claimed that an offer of £55m plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy had been made for the Palace talisman.
The Toffees made a statement in response, which The Mirror quoted: “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. Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter.”
Zaha played 34 Premier League matches last season, scoring 10 goals and assisting five times, as per WhoScored.
He completed 1.6 key passes and 3.4 dribbles per game, which shows he can be a direct threat, creating chances for both himself and his teammates.
Having the Ivorian on one flank and Richarlison on the left could be truly threatening, as the Brazilian scored 13 league goals and assisted once, making 0.6 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game.
With Everton currently without a prolific goalscorer – though that could change with Gianluca di Marzio reporting a deal for Moise Kean could be close – Everton could have used the extra goals Zaha has shown he can provide in the Premier League, considering they scored 11 goals less than 6th-placed Manchester United last season while conceding eight fewer.
With the top six an aim previously talked about by Marco Silva, closing the gap in terms of firepower could help achieve that, considering their aforementioned defensive record.
Kean scored six goals in five Serie A starts and eight substitute appearances last season, so the idea of having such a high goal threat from Kean and Richarlison alongside Zaha could have been an exciting prospect for Everton.
It is a shame for Everton that they are seemingly unable to sign Zaha, considering what he can do going forward.
However, the club will likely move onto another target to ensure they add greater firepower in the wide areas, with Marco Silva having named the wing as one of five positions which Everton need to strengthen, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.
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