Talks to open: £120,000-a-week deal to be offered to assist machine as Tottenham hover - report
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.
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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.