Sky: Finale in Tottenham pursuit of Premier League attacker
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham have ended their interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Tuesday (4.12pm) that Spurs will not be making a further bid for the 23-year-old attacker after having a £12million bid rejected for the Selhurst Park man.
There were reports that Mauricio Pochettino had made an improved £18million offer for the England international, but Sky Sports have claimed that the north London club did not and their interest in him this summer is now over.
This comes shortly after the reliable broadcaster reported that attacking midfielder Son Heung-Min would not be leaving White Hart Lane amid reports from Germany that a fee had been agreed with Wolfsburg.
The Daily Mail claimed the former Manchester United winger sat down with Palace manager Alan Pardew last Thursday and revealed that he wanted a transfer.
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However, Zaha made a 66th minute substitute appearance on Saturday in the 1-1 draw against Bournemouth in an indication he was still happy to continue playing for the club.
The south east London club have also already sold winger Yannick Bolasie to Everton in a £25million move this summer, meaning that they aren’t desperate for money.
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.
He is the current Palace player of the year on the back of his 2015-16 form in which he scored five goals and assisted seven in 43 appearances.
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, Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is closing in on a loan move to Porto in a blow to Spurs.