By Tom Blackburn
Crystal Palace are set to reject a £21million bid from Tottenham for winger Wilfried Zaha, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Tottenham have increased their initial £12million bid by £9million, but Palace chairman Steve Parish will stand firm and resist any attempts to sign the youngster.
Sports website HITC claimed on Tuesday morning that the south east London club had rejected an £18million bid from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but the Guardian claim it is a £21million bid that has been lodged and there has been no response.
Palace chairman Parish dismissed Spurs’ original £12million opening gambit for Zaha as “ridiculous” last Thursday.
It is believed that Tottenham will have to get closer to the £25million fee Crystal Palace received from Everton for former winger Yannick Bolasie to seal a deal.
Palace are considering a few possible replacements for Zaha, but with the deadline closing in on Wednesday they are doubtful Spurs will match their valuation.
However, it is also claimed that the 23-year-old is not happy with his current terms at Sellhurst Park and that talks over a new deal have not accelerated, despite him having four years left on his current deal.
This has alerted Tottenham to the England international, with the north London side knowing they can offer him the sort of wage packet that the former Manchester United winger wants.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday that Spurs had offered Zaha a double-your-money contract to push through a deal for the winger by Wednesday’s transfer cut-off.
The two-time England international impressed for Alan Pardew’s side last season, scoring five goals and producing seven assists in 43 league and cup encounters.
Tottenham have been in the market for a new winger, with Marseille’s Georges N’Koudou edging closer to a move before Wednesday’s deadline.
In other Tottenham transfer news, they reject a £25.6million bid and say their attacker won’t be sold.