Crystal Palace eye Danny Welbeck deal with club resigned to losing Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace are ready to offer Danny Welbeck a Premier League lifeline as they eye replacements for Wilfried Zaha.
Watford were relegated last week following a tumultuous campaign which saw them sack three different managers.
A summer rebuilding job is now inevitable as the Hornets offload their top earners.
Welbeck only moved to Vicarage Road 12 months ago from Arsenal.
But he’s expected to pack his bags again as Watford bigwigs look to balance the books.
The injury-plagued 29-year-old struggled to find his feet this season and managed just two Premier League goals.
Palace, however, would be prepared to take a gamble if Watford will green light a nominal fee.
Roy Hodgson knows Welbeck well from his tenure as England manager and believes the experienced forward still has something to offer.
Palace are now resigned to losing wantaway forward Zaha.
The Ivory Coast international is desperate for a new challenge and remains on the radar of Everton and Arsenal.
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It was ex-Gunners boss Unai Emery who pushed to secure his signature last summer.
But Mikel Arteta is also a secret admirer and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is still in doubt as Barcelona and Juventus sniff around.
The Spanish chief wants to sign proven Premier League quality if Aubameyang leaves, but will only have a modest transfer kitty to work with.
Zaha’s asking price is a huge sticking point for both Arsenal and the Toffees.
Palace will hold out for at least £50m despite a tough post-pandemic transfer market.
It’s understood Zaha ideally wants to stay in London and is eager to play European football.
Watford, meanwhile, also look set to lose Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The midfielder has been a standout performer in recent years and a return to France looks likely.
He is being lined up by top clubs in Ligue 1, including champions PSG.