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Tottenham and Everton competing for Wilfried Zaha

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27 May 2021
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Wilfried Zaha

Tottenham and Everton are aiming to sign Wilfried Zaha this summer.

 

Crystal Palace, will fight to keep its star man

They will struggle to keep their star man, with the big changes to come at Selhurst Park following the departure of manager Roy Hodgson. Roy Hodgson took charge for his final game as boss of the Eagles on Sunday when Palace was beaten by Liverpool at Anfield, and it also looked like a goodbye to his roster’s row, with 15 uncontrolled players next month.

 

 Admiration for Wilfried Zaha has not faded

Everton and Spurs have a strong interest in Wilfried Zaha and that they will be looking to close the deal this summer. Everton’s interest dates back to the summer of 2019, when they made two formal proposals for the Ivory Coast international. The second one, worth £ 70m plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun, was rejected by Palace, and the Toffees instead signed Alex Iwobi of Arsenal on the day of the transfer deadline. But their admiration for Wilfried has never faded, and they believe they can close the deal at a significantly lower price this year.

Wilfried Zaha, 28, has two years left for his contract at the Palace and will almost certainly not sign a new one. It is believed that it may now be available for less than £ 40 million. Tottenham, themselves currently without a permanent manager, are monitoring the situation and might have the means to make the move, especially if Harry Kane leaves.

Arsenal was interested in the past, but is unlikely to return now, signing Nicolas Pepe and seeing the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka emerge. Indeed, the Gunners, last week, are into Norwich Emiliano Buendia. Wilfried Zaha’s situation is compounded by the injury the achilles suffered from Eberechi Eze, who intends to keep the England U21 star aside for months. The Eagles are still looking to build their team around Wilfried Zaha and Eze going forward.

 

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