Zaha set to stay with Palace

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Everton are now firmly in the hunt to sign Wilfried Zaha as they put together the necessary funds to try and sign the Crystal Palace winger.

Wilfried Zaha will not be leaving Crystal Palace this summer despite widespread speculation to the contrary.

The Ivorian winger has constantly been a feature of the back pages this summer, with plenty of clubs interested in agreeing a deal to sign the Palace man.

Zaha was quoted as saying he wanted to depart Place earlier in the summer and at one time Arsenal were showing interest.

The 26-year-old is a boyhood fan of the Emirates outfit and wanted to join Unai Emery’s squad, but a fee could not be agreed between the two clubs, with Arsenal going on to sign his international colleague Nicolas Pepe.

The weeks went by before Everton were the surprise name strongly linked with a move for the London-born winger.

Their biggest offer came in the form of a £70million fee plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy – before the latter agreed a separate deal to join the Eagles.

However, Palace turned down the bid as they were holding out for an £80million fee. It means Zaha will now remain at Palace until at least January, which is huge boost to Crystal Palace after what has been a relatively quiet transfer window.

Up front, the only signing made has been the permanent capture of Jordan Ayew in a £2.5million move from Swansea City.

A deal to bring in Russia forward Fedor Chalov is still in the pipeline, while their other captures have been in different areas of the park.

The aforementioned McCarthy cost just £3million from Everton after an injury-laden year following a broken leg. Ex-England international Gary Cahill signed on a free transfer to bolster the defensive ranks, while Stephen Henderson has joined to act as third-choice goalkeeper.

Zaha will now remain with the squad and is expected to play in their first match of the season against Everton.

Manager Roy Hodgson admitted that Zaha wanted to leave but is understandably delighted he is sticking around.

“Yes, he’s staying, we are pleased about that,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “He’s an important player for the club. We are looking forward to him doing this season what he’s done for the last two seasons.

“It’s been well documented that he’s wanted to leave but it has not worked out for him in that respect. He’s a professional and has got a good contract with us. He’s very much a player we respect and I believe he respects us.”