Wilfried Zaha transfer: Crystal Palace winger expects to join Everton for £65m before window closes

The 26-year-old has made his intentions to leave Selhurst Park this summer clear

Miguel Delaney
Chief Sports Writer
Monday 05 August 2019 18:32 BST
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Wilfred Zaha expects to be at Everton by the end of this transfer window, sources close to the situation have told The Independent, as the Merseyside club attempts to work a deal with Crystal Palace FC.

It is understood the Selhurst Park hierarchy will accept a bid of £65m so long as the money is up front. Although no fee is yet agreed, sources maintain Everton are willing to submit such a bid but are still working on the structure of any such offer.

The 26-year-old has made it clear to Palace that he wants to leave this window to further his career, with the club now all but resigned to selling him. Zaha's first choice was Arsenal, but they wanted to make a bid that involved instalments, something Palace would not agree. That - along with the player's wage demands - ultimately put Arsenal off, and saw them move for Lille's Nicolas Pepe instead.

With a hugely ambitious Everton flush with cash and sensing a potential break in the top six this season, however, they are intent on making their move and capitalising on what has already been an impressive summer of business. The signing of Zaha, along with Moise Kean from Everton, would give them one of the most electric attacks in the Premier League.

Zaha is attracted to that, and hopeful a deal will be done by 5pm on Thursday.

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