Everton seems to still be in the market for one more deal before the transfer get shut late tonight and are in pursuit of Crystal Palace star Wilfreiend Zaha, as reports claim the Merseyside’s have part ways with Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy.
Palace have proved to be very difficult negotiators over their prized asset this summer, having already chased off Arsenal, who turned attentions to LOSC Lille’s Nicolas Pepe after seeing their £40m approach rejected.
With Arsenal finally completing the signing of Pepe, Everton emerged as the main contender shortly after, but event their initial offer of £55m – with the club wanting the majority fee to be paid up front for the Ivorian forward, with top football predictions website backing the Eagles to finalize this deal at the final hours of the transfer window.
With Arsenal finally completing the signing of Pepe, Everton emerged as the main contender shortly after for the Ivorian forward. Even their initial offer of £55m – with the club wanting the majority fee to be paid up front was declined. It has since emerged Zaha has officially handed in a transfer request and top football predictions website Free Super Tips are backing the Eagles to finalize the deal during the final hours of the transfer window.
It was reported last weekend that Everton were considering shipping out both Tosun and McCarthy in order to make funds available to sign Zaha. It seems this is exactly what will happen, Sky Sports’ journalist Kaveh Solhekol details a £55m bid that includes both players.
It was reported last weekend that Everton were considering shipping out both Tosun and McCarthy of the club in order to make available funds to sign Zaha, and it seems this is exactly what will happen with Sky Sports’ journalist Kaveh Solhekol details a £55m bid that includes both players.
Neither player looks to have too much of a future at Goodison Park, with McCarthy in particular making just one senior appearance last term and having already been pushed further down the pecking order by the arrival of Fabian Delph.
Tosun, meanwhile, would likely find himself struggling for game time in the event of Zaha’a arrival to Goodison Park, so it does make sense that the Toffees would attempt to use both players in an offer to keep the outright expense down.
Given how Crystal Palace have handled other clubs in negotiations so far, there remains a possibility that the club will reject the renewed offer, with the club valuing Zaha somewhere closer to £80m, after a season in which he contributed directly to 20 goals in 36 appearances.