PL boss delivers verdict on future of reported £30m-rated Tottenham target
By Danny Wright
Sam Allardyce want to keep Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park but has admitted that they might not be able to keep hold of him if big clubs come calling.
Zaha is under contract until 2020 but the Mirror has reported that the Eagles are planning to offer him a new £110,000-a-week contract to keep him at Selhurst Park.
Allardyce admits that his brilliant performances in recent weeks are bound to attract interest from major clubs.
“Wilf is on a long contract Steve tells me so there is not that danger at the moment of losing him,” said Allardyce in the Mirror.
“In today’s world a player of Wilfried’s capabilities, if you see them grow and become quality players for your team and continue to help you win football matches, it’s bound to generate interest from other clubs across the world.
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“So I think when that day comes, we can’t moan about it because we’ll have done all we can for Wilf and Wilf will have done all he can for Crystal Palace.”
Tottenham made a £12million bid for Zaha in January, but Palace are reported to want £30million for the attacker.
Zaha played a starring role in Palace’s unexpected 2-1 win at Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday.
The 24-year-old scored and provided an assist to help the Eagles to their fourth win in a row which leaves them four points clear of the relegation zone.
In 28 appearances across all competitions this season, Zaha has scored six goals and provided nine assists.
He is currently in his second spell at Selhurst Park after a less-than-impressive stay at Manchester United which saw him make just four appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
Zaha is a player of immense quality and he is playing well below his station at Crystal Palace, however a move to Tottenham might not be the right one for him. He struggled to get first-team football at Man United so there’s not a lot to suggest that he will get it with Spurs. If Palace manage to tie him down on a big-money contract then it could go a long way to preserving their top-flight status. The Eagles have a really strong squad but have underperformed this year, despite the shining performances from the Ivory Coast international.