Everton have made a fresh bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, comprising players plus cash, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that the Toffees have offered £70 million plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy – which Everton believe makes the deal worth £80 million in total – for Zaha.
But it has apparently been rejected, with Palace sticking to their stance that Zaha won’t leave this summer and electing to keep the deal to bring McCarthy to Goodison Park separate.
Everton are not messing around in their attempts to get Zaha over the line, which would give them a frightening frontline as they seek to smash into the top six when the season kicks off.
That bid for Zaha eclipses the reported (BBC) £50 million Everton paid for Richarlison last summer and is yet another signal of their intent.
Palace appear determined to keep hold of Zaha, even though it’s clear now that he wants to move on to a more ambitious club.
Perhaps he’d prefer to play in the Champions League but it’s clear Everton and Palace are going in very different directions in terms of their ambitions, spending and the profile of their squad.
It remains to be seen if they can get Zaha over the line before tomorrow but it would be a genuine gamechanger if they could.