Everton have told journalists that they have ended their interest in signing Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, despite reports to the contrary today.
Reports over the weekend claimed that Everton had bid £55m for the Ivory Coast forward, but that Palace had rejected the bid, and further reports today claimed that Everton had returned with a further offer.
Sky Sports News claimed that Everton had returned with a bid of £55m plus two players – Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy. This has now been flatly denied by the club, to former Liverpool Echo journalist Chris Bascombe.
Bascombe tweeted that Everton have “categorically denied” the reports and stated that the rejection of the initial bid had been the end of the matter.
The odds on Zaha joining Everton on various betting sites – including Sky’s own platform – plummeted as punters bet on him leaving Palace for Merseyside.
There will come a time when someone with authority decides to investigate the practise of a media outlet reporting vague rumours while also operating a betting company that is prepared to take money from customers believing the stories from their TV screens. That day can’t come soon enough.
For now, however, we look forward to their reporting of the story as Everton sign Moise Kean from Juventus.
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