Everton boosted by Zaha transfer request

Everton are reportedly in the running to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfiried Zaha, who has told the Eagles he wants to join Arsenal.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has reportedly handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Everton.

The Ivory Coast international has been the subject of interest from the Toffees for a few weeks but Palace rejected their latest bid, believed to be £70million plus two players, on Tuesday night. That apparently left Zaha frustrated and now he has informed club officials of his desire to move on before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Sky Sports claim Zaha has now handed in a transfer request as he is desperate to make the move to Goodison Park, where he feels he could help push the Blues towards competing for a top-four Premier League place.

It remains to be seen if Zaha’s change in stance will see his wish granted while Everton closely watch developments in the hope of adding to their list of summer recruits before Thursday’s 5pm deadline. 

The Eagles have valued the 26-year-old at £80million for most of the summer and appear to be holding out for that figure before reluctantly allowing him to depart. Whether Everton now decide to raise their offer will depend on how keen they are to get the deal done but it’s looking increasingly likely the former Manchester United man is closing in on a return to the north west.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has maintained his hope that Zaha, who hit 10 goals and got 10 assists in an excellent 2018-19 campaign, would stay this summer but he will also be aware every player has his price. Palace have so far lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jason Puncheon from their first-team squad but did manage to sign Gary Cahill on a free transfer, while Jordan Ayew has joined from Swansea.

Meanwhile, Palace have made an improved offer of £23m for CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, who could be seen as a possible replacement for Zaha. The Selhurst Park side saw a £14m bid rejected for the 21-year-old last week and they have now opted to increase it.