Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has this evening ruled out the possibility of Wilfried Zaha departing the club this summer.
The story surrounding the future of Eagles’ star man Zaha has proven one of the talking points of the transfer window.
On the back of a standout campaign last time out, during which he racked up 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League, reports mounted over the last month that Palace’s London rivals Arsenal had set their sights firmly on Zaha.
The Gunners’ subsequent proposals, however, fell well short of the Ivorian’s valuation:
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Palace’s stout stance eventually saw Arsenal turn their attentions elsewhere, with the capital giants having since sealed the signature of Lille standout Nicolas Pepe:
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As such, this since opened the door for any and all other suitors of Zaha to step forward.
The club to have done so with the most intent to this point, meanwhile, were Everton.
The Toffees are thought to be on the lookout for reinforcements out wide, on the back of Ademola Lookman’s departure for RB Leipzig.
And Marco Silva and co. evidently felt as though Zaha is the kind of player who could push the club to the next level in their hopes of cracking the long-established Premier League top-6 pecking order.
The Merseysiders’ opening bid for the Palace star, though, worth a rumoured £52 million, was quickly shut down by the Selhurst hierarchy.
This was followed by further reports over the last 48 hours that Everton had seen a massive follow-up proposal, worth £70 million and both James McCarthy (permanent) and Cenk Tosun (loan) also knocked back.
‘Haven’t been able to work out a deal’
As such, the Toffees faced a race against time to push a deal for Zaha over the line today, before the close of the English transfer market.
As has since been confirmed by Roy Hodgson, though, neither Everton, nor any other club for that matter, will be getting their hands on the Eagles’ star man this summer.
Speaking a short time ago outside the club’s training ground, the Palace boss explained:
‘Zaha’s staying, he’s an important player for the club. Today he wasn’t in the right frame of mind so I sent him home. We’re looking forward to another season with him. His beef is with the owners and the chairman. They haven’t been able to work a deal out.’
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Roy Hodgson has the final say on Wilfried Zaha’s summer-long transfer saga pic.twitter.com/B8Td2sNjze
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