Bombshell as 23-year-old reportedly tells manager he wants to quit and join Tottenham
By Harvey Byrne
Wilfried Zaha has told Alan Pardew in crunch talks that he wants to quit Crystal Palace amid interest from Tottenham, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the 23-year-old former Manchester United winger sat down with Palace manager Pardew on Thursday and said he wants a transfer.
The bombshell follows a report from Sky Sports on their transfer centre blog on Thursday (1.19pm) that Spurs are in negotiations with their London rivals over a deal for the wide player.
It is said that a fee is likely to be undisclosed but is expected to be in the region of £15million.
Tottenham have identified Zaha as a top target as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to increase the team’s attacking options.
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Midfielder Nabil Bentaleb completed a loan move to Schalke on Thursday, while winger Clinton N’Jie is expected to join Marseille on loan with Kevin-Georges N’Koudou heading the other way.
Selhurst Park academy graduate Zaha broke into the Palace first team at the age of 17 and earned a reputation as a rising star of the English game before joining Manchester United in 2013 in a £15million deal.
Zaha could not break through at Old Trafford and, after a loan spell at Cardiff, returned to Palace in the summer of 2014, initially on loan before making it permanent in January 2015 when he signed on a five-and-a-half-year deal. The transfer was worth an initial £3million, rising to £6million with add-ons.
The wide player, who has won two international caps for England, has scored 27 goals and supplied 39 assists in 224 Palace matches.
His potential departure comes off the back of Yannick Bolasie’s £28million move to Everton.
Zaha has played the full 90 minutes in each of Palace’s opening two matches of the Premier League season, including last Saturday’s 1- defeat against Spurs at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has said at the start of this season that he is happy with his squad, but that he would look at moves for one or two more players who could add quality to his side.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Southampton have agreed a club-record £21million fee for Spurs target Sofiane Boufal.