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Roy Hodgson's Everton dig over Wilfried Zaha transfer is wrong

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has seemingly aimed at dig at Everton to try and explain the Wilfried Zaha transfer saga but are his words unfair or just realistic?

As Sky Sports approached their broadcasting equivalent of Christmas morning, transfer deadline day, complete with a counting down clock, the Zaha to Everton rumours were ratcheted up to a fever pitch.

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There were rumours that the Blues had come back in with an improved offer – which would have been a club record fee – for the wantaway star who had reportedly begged Eagles chiefs to let him go to Goodison Park.

In truth, Everton only ever made one £52million bid for Zaha, back in late July, which was rejected.

“The noise around Everton, and this saga, was deafening, distracting and incredibly confusing and it was threatening to drown out all of the good work that had gone before in the window.” However, the aftermath of one of the Premier League's biggest (non) transfer stories of the summer continues to rumble on.

Writing in a Royal Blue column last month , the ECHO's Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride said: “As the Blues were concerned that was case closed.
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