PL club set out stance as Tottenham line up forward deal worth £30m - Guardian
By Harry Sykes
Crystal Palace will refuse to sell Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham in the January window, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Palace will batten down the hatches and snub fresh offers from Spurs for the in-form wide forward.
It is said that the Selhurst Park club are confident of fending off interest in Zaha and that the player will even agree a new contract to extend his stay.
But Palace’s firm stance may not deter Tottenham from making a new move to sign the 24-year-old after failing with a bid during the summer window.
The Guardian report that Spurs could make an offer worth a staggering £30million when the transfer window re-opens in the coming days.
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Tottenham had a £12million bid for the former England international rejected during the summer transfer window as Palace stood firm in the face of strong interest.
Zaha is contracted to Palace until 2020, and is said to be keen on a pay rise that would lift his salary in line with the club’s top earners such as Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Yohan Cabaye.
Zaha has been one of the outstanding wide forwards in the Premier League this season after accepting the responsibility of being Palace’s most creative player following the summer exit of Yannick Bolasie.
The Palace man is behind only Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne in the Premier League assists chart with eight and he has also weighed in with three league goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs should not be put off by Palace’s firm Zaha stance. Money talks and the north Londoners have more of it than their capital counterparts. Tottenham can also offer a Champions League calibre club and world-class training facilities where Zaha can rub shoulders every day with the likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli. It is clear that Spurs are on the up and could stay there for some time if they hold on to their emerging stars and impressive manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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