The one that got away
Everton boss Marco Silva has discussed the Toffees’ pursuit of Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, who will remain in London for another season.
It was heavily reported in the final few days of the transfer window that Everton would go big for Zaha.
A bid of £70 million plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun on loan was rejected.
The Ivorian even put in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move.
However, Everton were unable to get their man, and instead turned to Alex Iwobi on deadline day.
The Toffees signed Iwobi after submitting a deal sheet late in the day.
Now, ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace, Marco Silva has been speaking about his pursuit of a winger, and specifically Wilfried Zaha.
“It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha”
Speaking on Friday afternoon, Silva confirmed Everton’s interest in Zaha, and also revealed that the Toffees were not the only club in for him.
He also claimed that while the market was ‘difficult’, Everton were still able to secure a ‘good player’ in Iwobi.
“The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers,” Silva explained, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“We have tried to do the deals and we’ve achieved a good player.
“It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha, not just us.
“He’s a very good player but he’s not our player, he’s Crystal Palace’s player. If he will play or not against us it is for (manager) Roy (Hodgson) to decide, it’s not for me.
“It will be a tough, tough, tough game for us with him or without him.”