By Darren Bent

26th Aug, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Player once valued £80m backed to join Everton after development

Wilfried Zaha has been urged to leave Crystal Palace and join Everton by Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, Bent claimed that a move to Merseyside would represent a step up for the winger.

The Toffees have asked Palace to be kept updated on Zaha’s situation as they ready a bid, as revealed by Football Insider.

However, Everton are not willing to match their £70m plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun offer of last summer.

Palace rejected the offer as they slapped an £80m price tag on the Ivory Coast international.

Asked by Football Insider whether a move to Everton would represent a step up for Zaha, Bent said: “I think it is.

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“I know you might look at where they are in the league but I’d say it’s a step up in regards, they have a top manager, he’s going to attract top players.

“I like what they’re doing down there, they’re building something quite special, so it would be nice for Zaha to go there and transform them to where they feel they should be.

“I really like it, it suits him well and he’d do well going there.

“It’s about going to the best fit for him and if he goes to Everton he’d get a lot of game time and he’d go well.”

Zaha has played 362 games across all competitions for Palace and has scored 57 goals for the club.

In 2013, he left the club as a 20-year-old to join Manchester United before returning to South London just two years later.

Despite playing for England in two friendlies, Zaha changed his allegiance to Ivory Coast in 2016.

The winger has played 17 times for the Ivory Coast and has scored five goals for his country.

In other Everton news, Carlo Ancelotti has been tipped to offload Everton midfielders after a big development.