Wednesday 18 September 2019

Everton refusing to give up on Zaha deal

Wilfried Zaha. Photo: Nigel French/PA
Wilfried Zaha. Photo: Nigel French/PA

Jason Burt

Everton will push to sign Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha up until tomorrow's 5pm transfer deadline despite appearing to have had a second, improved bid - after their initial €56.5 million offer - rejected.

Zaha is keen to move but it would be a surprise if Palace allowed him to leave given there is little time for a replacement to be signed.

Everton have proved more successful in their pursuit of a right-back, with a deal agreed with Monaco to take French World Cup winner Djibril Sidibe on loan for the season with an option to buy.

The 27-year-old, who has had a history of injury problems, will undergo a medical today and is expected to provide competition for Seamus Coleman.

Meanwhile, Laurent Koscielny has joined Bordeaux after Arsenal agreed to sell him for around €5 million.

Koscielny was desperate to return to France and refused to go on Arsenal's pre-season tour of the United States in an attempt to force a move.

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