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Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha came on as a second-half substitute in his side’s opening day goalless draw against Everton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, the team he reportedly wanted to join just a few days earlier.
The Toffees were heavily linked with a move for the Ivory Coast international in the period leading up to the deadline on Thursday and it became something of a saga, with a significant cash-plus-players bid rejected on Wednesday according to Sky Sports.
The Independent had previously eported that the 26-year-old expected to seal a move to Goodison Park before the window slammed shut, but it never came to fruition with The Sun saying that he reluctantly agreed to remain with the Eagles.
He had to settle for a spot on the substitutes’ bench against the Merseyside outfit, before replacing Jordan Ayew in the 65th minute.
However, he wasn’t able to help the hosts find a breakthrough even after Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for the visitors, with the spoils shared.
As happens after all matches, the opposition players and managers shake hands or acknowledge each other, and it was no different as Zaha and Marco Silva were photographed together on the pitch following the full-time whistle.
Of course after what has happened in recent days this particular interaction had more focus on it than it usually would, although neither gave too much away as you can see.
It remains to be seen whether Everton will renew their interest in the forward in January.