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Arsenal eye Wilfried Zaha alternative after Palace boss Hodgson slams initial bid for star

The former England manager insisted the Gunners are “nowhere near meeting Wilfried Zaha’s valuation.”

Crystal Palace rejected an initial £40m offer for Zaha, while Arsenal were expected to come in with a higher bid.

The Eagles are thought to be holding out for closer to £80m and will certainly not let him leave for half that value.

The sale of right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50m has not helped Arsenal’s cause as Palace feel star man Zaha must be worth more.

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Arsenal are eyeing Gremio star Everton as Crystal Palace boss slams Wilfried Zaha bid (Pic: GETTY)

“I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,” Hodgson said after Palace’s 6-2 friendly defeat to Barnet on Tuesday night.

“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.”

According to the Mirror though, Arsenal may now have turned their attentions to Brazil international Everton.

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Crystal Palace want double what Arsenal have bid so far for Zaha (Pic: GETTY)

“I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation”

Roy Hodgson

The forward enjoyed a breakthrough Copa America campaign with Brazil this summer, netting three goals in six appearances as the Selecao stormed to victory.

The Gremio man is believed to be available for around £36m, with some outlets reporting that a deal has already been struck between the two clubs.

Everton confirmed on Monday that he had an offer for a move, although he did not say that it was from Arsenal.

“Right now I have an offer on the plate, but I can’t say the name of the club in question,” Everton said.

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has blasted Arsenal’s bid for Zaha (Pic: GETTY)

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Gremio star Everton was a top performer for Brazil at the World Cup (Pic: GETTY)

“Just as I cannot promise that I will be here again on Thursday to play against Bahia. We’ll see.”

Should Arsenal manage to finalise this deal, it would be a huge boost to Unai Emery’s squad.

The Spaniard is on the lookout for new attacking options, but has struggled to find any who are not out of his £45m price range.

Whilst spending a large part of that budget on Everton would make it difficult to recruit any other new signings, it would go a long way to helping finance deals for the likes of Kieran Tierney and William Saliba.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/792384/Arsenal-transfer-news-Wilfried-Zaha-Crystal-Palace-Gremio-Everton-Roy-Hodgson

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