In the short period when Sam Allardyce managed Crystal Palace in 2016/17, Wilfried Zaha produced the best performances of his career and reminded everyone just why he was once viewed as the biggest talent in English football.
So you could hardly blame Allardyce for attempting to dig into Everton’s vast cash reserves in order to fund a move for his former Palace talisman in January. And the Gambling Times claim that the Toffees are hoping to do just that.
You could argue that, if Everton do bring Zaha to Goodison Park, it will be the most impressive deal of Farhad Moshiri’s reign. Palace are said to be determined to reject all offers and, even if they weren’t, the Toffees would face competition from Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, according to The Mirror.
Needless to say, Zaha would not come cheap either. After the fleet-footed winger scored seven and assisted another nine in the top flight last season, he signed a new five-year contract at Palace to ward off reports of a £30 million move to Spurs.
But with Everton already reportedly planning a huge bid for a winger ahead of the January window, would they be better served putting all their efforts into signing Zaha?
As reported by Super Deportivo, the Toffees are attempting to strike a deal for PSV’s Mexican star Hirving Lozano despite reports that he could cost £42 million. No player has ever started life in the Eredivisie better and the dazzling wide man has 10 goals in 15 league starts already.
But Everton know from experience (ahem, Davy Klaassen) that Eredivisie form can be misleading and Zaha, by comparison, has proved himself in the Premier League.
So if Everton are to sign one hugely expensive winger, they should make it Palace’s Ivorian talisman.