Wilfried Zaha could have played for Everton – claims former Zaha teammate

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Everton getting linked to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was the story of every transfer window. Until the last couple of windows, Zaha would look to leave Palace and Everton would be one of the first clubs to get linked to the Ivorian.

In the summer transfer window of 2019, Everton did ask about Zaha to Palace but the London side slapped a mammoth asking price of £80 million, forcing the Toffees to look elsewhere. Arsenal also enquired about the Ivorian but were put off by the asking price and ended up signing Nicolas Pepe. The Merseysiders ended up signing Iwobi from Arsenal.

Even during the transfer window of 2020, EFC were linked with a move for Zaha as the player was looking for newer pastures but ultimately decided to stay at Selhurst Park. Arsenal and Everton were again linked in the winter transfer window of 2021 but no move materialized.

Zaha left Manchester United in 2014 and since then has been a core member of the Palace team. The forward has assumed the role of a talisman and produced some eye-catching performances over the years.

Wilfried Zaha could have signed for Everton

His association with Palace seems to be coming to an end as Zaha’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, potentially ending his nine year stay at Selhurst Park. The 30 year old could end up signing an extension but it remains to be seen if Zaha chooses Palace again or finally decides to turn to the next chapter. In the past, the 30 year old has turned down multiple chances to leave Palace.

Zaa’s former teammate, Darren Ambrose, who played for Palace between 2009 and 2012, has claimed that Zaha could have joined Everton and Arsenal.

"I believe he can play for anyone and not make them worse. It almost happened a while ago with Arsenal and Everton came in. (via Caught Offside)"

Arsenal now looks like a balanced and a threatening side in attack and do not need Zaha to bolster the attack. On the other hand, Everton are in a precarious situation and the Ivorian might not be enticed by the Toffees if they fail to stay up in the Premier League.

If the 30 year old does decide to leave as a free agent, there could be clubs lining up to sign Zaha in the summer transfer window.

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