Everton can finish in the top six next season if they seal Wilfried Zaha deal

According to reports in the Sun on Sunday, Everton have joined a number of their Premier League rivals in the race to sign £60m-rated Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, who earns more than £120,000-a-week according to The Guardian.

What’s the word, then?

Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace

Well, the Sun on Sunday says that the Toffees, along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, are all keen on the 25-year-old, who would play a key part in a new manager’s reign at Goodison Park.

The Sun on Sunday says that Marco Silva is the favourite to take the hot-seat that Sam Allardyce was sacked from on Wednesday, and that Zaha is seen as a player who can significantly improve their chances of qualifying for Europe next season.

The report adds that the Eagles are prepared to fight to keep their star man at Selhurst Park, after he proved to be influential in their bid to stay in the Premier League this term.

How good was Zaha this season?

He was brilliant, and is showing the consistency needed to make an impact for one of the top clubs in the English top flight.

The Ivory Coast international scored nine goals and provided a further five assists in 29 Premier League appearances, including one in the 2-2 draw between the Eagles and Everton, whose fans on Twitter want to see two Eredivisie stars follow Marcel Brands to Goodison Park, at Selhurst Park in November.

According to WhoScored.com, Zaha made 53 key passes in total, while he also successfully completed 119 of the 197 dribbles he attempted.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be, but the club may question whether he is worth £60m despite the fact that they were willing to splash out on Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City last summer.

Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Zaha causes huge problems to opposition defences because of his pace, trickery and general unpredictability, and he would be an effective player in the Toffees frontline.

The 25-year-old can play as a centre-forward or on either wing, and that versatility is another big positive as he could take up a position in any of the front three spots for the Merseyside outfit.

There is no doubt that he would be an upgrade on Yannick Bolasie on the left and would provide some much-needed competition for Cenk Tosun through the middle, and he is the type of player that would help Everton gatecrash the dominance the top six clubs showed in the Premier League this season.