Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms Arsenal’s bid for Wilfried Zaha is ‘nowhere near’ enough


Wilfried Zaha is looking less likely to move to Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Arsenal have failed to make a bid ‘anywhere near’ the Eagles’ valuation of Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners are thought to have offered Palace £40m for the Ivory Coast international, and also included the option of three players to sweeten the deal.

However, the Eagles are holding out for closer to £80m for their star man and will not be letting him go for half that price.

With no further bids being lodged for the 26-year-old, he posted a cryptic message on social media on Monday which read, ‘Life goes on.’

Now his manager at Selhurst Park, Hodgson, has confirmed that unless any offer for the winger significantly improves, then he will be staying where he is.

‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ said Hodgson on Tuesday evening after Palace’s friendly with Barnet.

‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.

‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’

Palace suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat in Tuesday night’s friendly with Barnet, although Zaha was not involved in the contest.

It appears that Arsenal are ready to move on from Zaha and look at a cheaper option in Gremio and Brazil forward Everton Soares.

The Gunners have sent a club medic to Brazil to assess the 23-year-old who impressed at the recent Copa America for Brazil, scoring three goals as his country won the competition on home soil.

Gremio are thought to want £36m for their striker, but this could be paid over more than one installment, making Everton are far more affordable choice than Zaha.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery told reporters that the club is being patient in the market, working with new technical director Edu.

”The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu,’ Emery explained.

‘I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.

‘We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that.

‘We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.’

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