Marco Silva speaks out on Everton’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha

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.

Shkodran Mustafi

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal whilst Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

“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.”

Delph & Baines: Marco Silva gives Everton injury update before Crystal Palace

Marco Silva also gave an injury update ahead of the game with Crystal Palace.

Fabian Delph and Leighton Baines were both doubts ahead of the game.

Click here to see whether either of those players will be fit for the trip to London.

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