By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have made a new move to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace next month, Football Insider sources understand.
The London giants had a £21million for the England international rejected during the summer transfer window but remain on the trail of the wide attacker.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has sanctioned a fresh bid to land the 24-year-old.
Intermediaries representing the north London club have already been in contact with Zaha’s camp to assess his interest in a transfer to White Hart Lane.
It is said that the player is keen to make the move to Tottenham and believes the Champions League club represent an upgrade on struggling Palace.
However, Palace stood firm in the face of strong Spurs interest last summer and Zaha is contracted to the club until 2020, which makes a January deal complex.
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 24-year-old heads the top flight’s assists chart with eight and he has also weighed in with three league goals.
Football Insider verdict:
It is easy to see why Spurs are going weak at the knees for Zaha. He is young, gifted and in the form of his life. Mobile and able to carry the ball at pace and beat opponents, the 24-year-old is a far cry from the player who was ignored by David Moyes at Manchester United and once watched his teammates in Premier League action from the sanctuary of the Cardiff press box. Confidence restored with a second spell at Palace, he is now becoming the player that persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to make him his final signing. His record for a struggling Palace side this season is a stats mans’ dream, with 14 league games yielding three goals and a league-best eight assists. He can score goals but he can’t half make them, too.
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