It is understood that Everton has joined the race to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.
According to reports out of Sky Sports News Everton have entered the race by opening negotiations. The deal is reported to be worth in excess of 60 million pounds.
This bid does fall somewhat short of the 80 million Palace are believed to be looking for. However, it surpasses the 40 million that Arsenal is rumoured to have already seen rejected.
Palace has no need to sell after cashing in on Aaron Wan-Bissaka for 50 million to Manchester United. Plus the idea of parting with a 25% sell-on fee to the red devils means that selling Zaha is not as sweet as parting with another asset if they needed to.
The Ivory Coast International has just returned to south London after international play in the African Cup of Nations.
While he showed glimpses of brilliance. It was, however, overall a disappointing display as he managed only two goals and one assist. The Ivory Coast team were eliminated in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Algeria.
It is understood that he prefers to stay in London with Arsenal but is open to a move back to the northwest. His brother, however, has said of playing for Arsenal “it is his dream.”
An unsuccessful time at United resulted in only 4 appearances. The Ivorian wants to prove himself to the doubters that he can play at the highest level.
Zaha has scored 53 goals in 323 games over two spells as Selhurst Park.
Palace only managed a 12th place finish last season, while Everton did make it into the top ten finishing 8th. Neither club can offer Zaha what he really wants Champions League football. Nobody of that ilk has come knocking yet.
It will ultimately come down to who is willing to meet the Crystal Palace asking price. Its no secret Arsenal are on a tight budget, and Everton has already made some investments.
Roy Hodgson has gone on record saying there has been no bid “anywhere near” the clubs valuation. It remains to be seen if either can afford their man.