Hodgson: Zaha wasn’t close to joining Arsenal

Hodgson: Zaha wasn’t close to joining Arsenal
Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 27, 2019. 09:00

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists that Ivorian star Wilfried Zaha was not close to joining Arsenal in the last transfer window.

The Elephants winger seemed destined to leave the London side at the start of the current season, but the window closed in September with Zaha remaining at Selhurst Park.

The Gunners were one of the major teams linked with a bid for the player, and reportedly made an offer of £40million for Zaha in July.

This figure was well below Palace chairman Steve Parish’s valuation of the player, making it an easy decision for the Eagles to rebuff the offer.

Hodgson’s Palace visit Arsenal in a Premier League clash later today, and the veteran manager was asked at his pre-match press conference how close Zaha was to moving to the Emirates Stadium.

“Not very close at all as far as I know,” Hodgson said.

“I believe that the money that was offered which was widely reported was reasonably accurate, and of course that was way below our valuation.”

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