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According to Greg O’Keeffe of The Athletic (subscription required), Everton’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace are fading away and alternatives are being monitored according to other reports.
Well, as reported by Alan Nixon, Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr was said to be on the Toffees’ radar as an alternative to the Ivorian forward, who handed in a transfer request on Wednesday in the hope of forcing the issue – the Senegal international has since joined Watford.
It is believed that Palace’s own pursuit of Sarr – which failed – is the reason for their reluctance to allow Zaha to depart Selhurst Park, thus putting a spanner in the works of any transfer materialising.
Another name said to be on Everton’s shortlist is PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn, whose standout performances in the Champions League for the Eredivisie side are believed to have caught the eye.
The Eagles have rejected a number of bids from both Arsenal and Everton this summer, and The Telegraph‘s report states that the feeling was that only one of Zaha or Aaron Wan-Bissaka would be leaving the club.
After the latter moved to Manchester United, it always felt as if it would be like getting blood out of a stone in convincing Palace to part ways with their beloved talisman.
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In fairness, that didn’t stop the Toffees from trying their hand, although with all things considered, the time spent in trying to sign Zaha should’ve been spent attempting to sign a centre-back to provide cover for Yerry Mina and Michael Keane, who are the only two senior figures currently in that position at Goodison Park.
Zaha is an excellent player, but having had just days until the deadline, Everton probably should’ve focused their efforts on alternatives a long, long time ago – leaving Palace with little time to find a replacement was never going to work.