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Wilfried Zaha expects to leave Crystal Palace for Everton ahead of transfer deadline

It looks like this deal could be on after all

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Everton target Wilfried Zaha reportedly expects to move to Goodison Park from Crystal Palace ahead of the transfer deadline.

According to Miguel Delaney of the Independent, the Toffees are ready to meet the £65 million asking price for the Ivory Coast forward, though a fee has yet to be agreed.

The London club are believed to want the cash up front while Everton are likely to favour a more structured payment.

Zaha made it clear earlier this summer that he wanted to leave Palace and was expected to move to Arsenal. However, the Gunners were put off by the players price tag and wage demands, opting instead for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe.

Zaha remains determined to leave Selhurst Park though and it seems Everton are in prime position to make a move.

The club took the unusual step of publicly denying rumours of a player-plus-cash bid involving James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun last week, despite Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol insisting that the offer had been made.

That appeared to end any chance of the forward making the move to Merseyside, especially with just days to go until the deadline. But this latest news suggests it may well happen after all.