After being linked with Arsenal all summer, Roy Hodgson has explained why Wilfred Zaha failed to secure a move out of Crystal Palace
The Ivorian winger submitted a late transfer request but was denied a move after Everton and Arsenal failed to meet Palace’s £80million valuation. Aaron Wan-Bissaka left Palace to join Manchester United for £50m in a five-year deal as he became one of the big big names to leave the club.
Hodgson revealed why Palace failed to let Zaha leave, "It was a simple case with Aaron Wan-Bissaka. When it becomes clear that this offer is on the table and he wants to go, you react with more experience than you would when you are younger.
"Then you look at things in a selfish way: ‘How many points is this going to cost and how much worse will the season be because of him going?’ With Wilf, I don’t think anyone was thinking we definitely must block him because we want our best player still with us.
"We understood that if a really big offer comes his way and a much bigger club than Crystal Palace want him, and he is desperate to go, we are going to have to try and do some kind of deal. The unfortunate thing for Wilf is that offer did not come his way from the sort of club that he would want.
"I think Steve Parish has made that clear to Wilf and they’ve thrashed that side of it out. As a result it is not a major problem for me with Wilf coming back, having accepted the situation. The way he works here is just the same as it was. Since the first day he has been mature about it."