Everton have moved to ‘categorically deny’ that they have made a second bid for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.
The Merseyside club emerged as shock contenders to sign the in-demand 26-year-old, who is also wanted by Arsenal, with Marco Silva’s side seeing an opening offer rejected by Palace.
Everton‘s opening bid was believed to be in the region of £55m, a deal that was rebuffed by Roy Hodgson’s side who value the forward at around £80m.
Sky Sports reported on Monday that the Blues had returned with an improved offer, claiming that forward Cenk Tosun and midfielder James McCarthy could be offered in part-exchange.
BREAKING: Everton have made second bid to Crystal Palace for winger Wilfried Zaha of £55million plus duo Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 29, 2019
Palace have previously expressed an interest in Turkish international Tosun as they bid to add to their attacking options, whilst the club also saw an offer for McCarthy rejected by Everton earlier this summer.
Everton have however released a statement denying Sky’s claim of a second bid, with the Toffees saying their rejected opening offer was ‘the end of the matter’.
“Everton Football Club categorically denies that a bid has been submitted to Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha that included an increased sum plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy,” a statement reads.
”Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship.
“A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down. Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter.”
Sky have now conveniently removed their initial report from their website.