By Danny Wright
Tottenham’s bid to sign Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha could come under threat as Premier League rivals Arsenal have joined the race, according to a report.
The Sun claims that the Gunners are planning a stunning offer which could see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson move to Selhurst Park.
If the report is true it’s a serious sign of intent from Wenger and it could be a bitter blow to Spurs to lose their man to their bitter rivals.
It is understood that Zaha would cost Spurs £30million if they wish to sign their long-term target, who has been in great form for Sam Allardyce’s side this season.
The assist king has set up 11 goals and scored six of his own in 35 appearances in all competitions this term as he helped Palace move clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Zaha, 24, has made 256 appearances for the Eagles across two different spells.
He endured a tough time at Manchester United where he only made four first-team appearances and was quickly sent back to Selhurst Park.
Allardyce has not shied away from talking about the five-time Ivory Coast international’s possible move away from the club in the summer and most recently slapped a £40mllion price-tag on the attacker in a bid to fend off interested parties.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Arsenal contract is set to expire at the end of next season and Jenkinson almost secured a move south of the Thames in the January transfer window.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s a big decision for Allardyce to make, whether he wants cash or players, but the prospect of getting Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jenkinson is perhaps one that he cannot turn down. Both of them will ease into the Palace first team and if anything Chamberlain could prove to be a huge upgrade on Zaha. Snubbing the cash offer would also save a lot of time finding replacements in the summer transfer window, as Arsene Wenger’s exchange offer will see two ready-made top-flight players instantly come into the team once terms are settled. This is worrying news for Spurs because they need to add depth to their attacking options.
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