Everton denied making a second offer for the player.
The Daily Mail had earlier reported that the duo would be included in a fresh offer for the Ivorian international, added to a £60m fee.
It’d be a mammoth transfer if it came off, but the Toffees are adamant it’s not something they are pursuing.
A club statement, reported by The Telegraph, said: “Everton Football Club categorically denies that a bid has been submitted to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha that included an increased sum plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy.
“Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship. A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down. Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter.”
Zaha scored ten goals and created ten assists in the Premier League last term and would be a player who could add a lot to Marco Silva’s first-team. He has pace, skill and a proven track record of bothering opposition defences.
If they could also secure exits for two fringe players in McCarthy and Tosun, that may even be an added bonus from the club’s perspective.
However, it appears there’s now no interest from Everton’s end, with the club not usually in the business of flatly denying transfer stories.
The reason they have made such a move is probably because two of their players were specifically mentioned, potentially causing unrest behind the scenes or putting off potential suitors before the end of the transfer window.
Some fans have been left baffled by the situation though, with these supporters taking to Twitter to share their thoughts…
This Wilfried Zaha saga might be one of the strangest regarding Everton. I don’t understand why they have actually released a statement to deny the reports of a second bid. They haven’t done this for any other transfer that I can think of. It’s really bizarre.— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) July 29, 2019
This doesn’t feel right at all. Brands is usually under the radar. This feels like a Kenwright type of fiasco.— Paul Casey (@pjjcasey) July 29, 2019
I honestly they were trying to get the deal done behind closed doors. The echo has shut down every single rumour, except for Gomes & wanting Zouma, Kean. I think they are trying to get all done quietly— Jason Walsh (@jason_w1) July 29, 2019
Probably didn’t want Mccarthy and Tosun to be named as players they were using as a makeweight if it wasn’t true .— Paul Bargery (@BargeTours) July 30, 2019
The whole summer regarding stories and denying bids and player links has been weird— Michael Smith (@jaffacakes1044) July 29, 2019
I don’t think it is the end of the matter and I can see this transfer going right down to the wire with Everton playing mind games either on arsenal or Crystal Palace— Deadline Network (@DeadlineNetwork) July 29, 2019
This is doing my head in. Sky sports report that we have mild interest in Zaha. Echo deny. SS report that we bid £52m but have it rejected. Echo deny. NOW, SS report that we have bid £55m + Tosun and McCarthy but various other sources claim that EFC make a statement denying it!!— RoystonDrentheFanClub (@NotactuallyBen) July 29, 2019
I suspect all the nonsense Zaha talk is smoke & mirrors whilst Brands ties up other targets. @LivEchoEFC and club deny any pursuit yesterday whilst Kean deal is quietly being rubber stamped in the background. ⚽️ #EFC #zaha #announcekean— Joe Bickerton (@openroadstudios) July 30, 2019