Following on from the earlier news that Crystal Palace’s
Wilfried Zaha missed training today as he tries to force a move away from
Selhurst Park, Sky
Sports is reporting that Palace now have a replacement in mind for the
Ivory Coast international.
That replacement is Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin
Augustin, who would cost Roy Hodgson’s side a fee in the region of £15 million.
Aston Villa had previously shown interest in the former
Paris St-Germain forward, but Sky reports that Crystal Palace have a
provisional agreement in place where Augustin is on standby to fly to London
should Zaha indeed leave Palace before today’s 5pm deadline.
Arsenal were the first team to make an offer for Zaha this
summer, although their £40 million bid was way off what Crystal Palace are asking
for the player. After the Gunners instead opted to sign Lille's Nicolas Pepe, Everton have
since emerged as the frontrunners for Wilf’s signature.
Earlier this week, the Toffees lodged a bid of £70 million
plus midfielder James McCarthy and striker Cenk Tosun for Zaha – but Palace rejected the
In addition to missing training today, Zaha also handed in a
transfer request yesterday as he seems determined to leave Selhurst Park this