Monday May 21, 2018. 09:00
Everton have joined the race to sign Crystal Palace’s Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha, according to The Sun.
The Elephants attacker was the key driving force behind Palace’s survival in the Premier League and his performances have attracted attention from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Now Everton are said to be joining the battle for the 25-year-old, despite being currently being without a manager following their dismissal of Sam Allardyce last week.
Quite whether the Toffees have the financial muscle to compete with the Premier League’s giants remains to be seen, but they may have one advantage in their pursuit of Zaha.
The winger has previously played at a massive club, Manchester United from mid-2013 to early 2015, but his spell at Old Trafford was a failure.
The youngster seemed unable to live up to the burden of expectation, and there are fears that another move to a ‘big six’ club would again see him struggle to cope with the pressure.
A move to Goodison Park, on the other hand, would not bring the same kind of psychological pressure while still allowing Zaha to be the lead man, much as he is at the Eagles right now.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists that the club will not sell the Ivorian star ahead of next season, but it’s hard to see the club refusing any deal worth £50-million and up, which would be well within the reach of the likes of City, Liverpool and Spurs.