By Harry Sykes
Wilfried Zaha is set to open new contract talks with Crystal Palace as the club make a stunning attempt to prevent him joining Tottenham, according to a report.
The Sun claim Palace will offer Zaha a new double-your-money contract to keep him out of the clutches of Spurs.
It is said the south London club are ready to bring the 24-year-old’s contract into line with their highest paid players.
Zaha is currently on a £60,000-a-week that runs until 2020, while leading scorer Christian Benteke and midfield playmaker Yohan Cabaye are on £120,000-a-week.
It has been widely reported that Spurs are keeping close tabs on Zaha ahead of a concerted summer push for one of the Premier League’s best attacking players of the season.
The Ivory Coast international has scored six goals and supplied 11 assists from 30 Premier League matches in 2016-17.
Palace are faced with losing the winger for a second time after Manchester United signed him for £15million in 2013 in a transfer that eventually turned sour.
Zaha has revived his career in the last two seasons after the failed move to Old Trafford, prompting a stampede of interest.
Football Insider verdict:
If Zaha gets the chance to join Tottenham, he should jump at it. Obviously, the sums will have to add up, and Spurs chief Daniel Levy is notorious for his low-ball offers, but they are clearly a team on the up. With an exciting young team who are all tied to long-term contracts, a highly rated manager and a state-of-the-art stadium on the way, there is a sense that Tottenham are going places. One thing Mauricio Pochettino’s squad lacks is a dazzling ball-carrier. Zaha has the capability to provide the missing ingredient.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.