Roy Hodgson angers Everton fans with Zaha comments
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has spoken out about the club’s position over allowing Wilfried Zaha to leave Selhurst Park.
The 72-year-old manager insists Zaha has acted “maturely” after the winger saw attempts from Arsenal and Everton fail to reach an agreement with the Eagles.
Arsenal appeared to be the first team to try and tempt the Ivory Coast international away from the south London club, however, their opening bid of £40million was rejected by Palace as they were reportedly holding out for a fee closer to £80m.
The Gunners then turned their attention elsewhere and eventually signed winger Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille, however, with Arsenal out of the picture Everton then stepped up their interest in the 26-year-old.
Zaha had even handed in a transfer request to try and force a move away from Palace to Goodison Park but according to Hodgson the club didn’t have their valuation met.
And the former England and Liverpool boss also took the opportunity to appear to have a dig at Everton as he suggested they were not a “much bigger club” than the Eagles.
“With Wilf, I don’t think anyone was thinking we definitely must block him because we want our best player still with us,” Hodgson said.
“We understood that if a really big offer comes his way and a much bigger club than Crystal Palace want him, and he is desperate to go, we are going to have to try and do some kind of deal.
“The unfortunate thing for Wilf is that offer did not come his way from the sort of club that he would want."