Danny Mills: Zaha signing would be a real statement of intent

Monday, July 29th, 2019 12:05pm

By Francis Whiteley

Where will the Palace man end up?

Wilfried Zaha has been one of this transfer window's most wanted men. The Crystal Palace forward has been in scintillating form for the past few years, and it hasn't gone unnoticed by some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Zaha in the past, while Arsenal looked most likely to tempt him away from Selhurst Park early in the window. Chelsea are reportedly sniffing around, but their transfer ban puts any potential move on hold for now.

Despite Zaha insisting that he wants to stay in London, Everton have emerged as surprise front runners in the race for his signature. Palace have rejected a £55m bid from Marco Silva's side, and are reportedly holding out for £60m, or the inclusion of a player in the deal. And, speaking on Love Sport Radio, former England and Leeds defender Danny Mills said Everton can show they mean business by bringing Zaha in.

"It would be a real statement of intent to get somebody like Zaha. He can play up front as a centre forward, but he can also play out wide, creating and assisting".

That central striking position is a real area of concern for Everton, with big money signing Cenk Tosun and youth academy product Dominic Calvert-Lewin failing to make it their own. Zaha was at his most effective for Palace when he played out wide, so many Everton fans expect the club to chase a striker even if they bring the Ivorian in. 

Speaking to Iwan Thomas and Johnny Burrow on Posh Boys on Drive, Danny Mills pointed out that the move could also be a good one for Zaha due to the vision in place at Goodison Park.

"Everton have clearly got a big project. The training ground is fantastic, they've just launched plans for their new stadium, so that's going to look absolutely incredible".

Shiny new facilities would certainly be a draw for any player, but Zaha will surely be more interested in the quality of football on show. And Mills pointed out that the chance to work with some of the Premier League's best could prove too appealing to turn down.

"When you think it could be Zaha on one side, Richarlison on the other, they've then got the likes of Sigurdsson in behind, Bernard, [Andre] Gomes... They've got some really good players in and around that side".

Having already lost Aaron Wan Bissaka to Manchester United, Palace fans will be desperate to keep their star man at Selhurst Park, despite interest from higher up the table. 



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