Tottenham move step closer to clinching £30m transfer - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have moved a step closer to signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, according to a report.
The Sun claim Crystal Palace chiefs are furious at Zaha’s decision to play for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations next month after switching allegiance from England.
It is said that Zaha’s actions might persuade new Palace manager Sam Allardyce to sanction the £30million sale of the wide player.
The Sun report that this will give encouragement to Tottenham to make a new move to sign the 24-year-old after failing with a bid during the summer window.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has weighed up lodging a £30million offer when the transfer window re-opens in the coming days.
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Intriguingly, one option that has been floated is for a deal to be agreed in principle for Zaha to move to White Hart Lane in June.
But the unavailability of the key player for a month in the middle of the season could persuade Palace to cash in on one of their prized assets during January.
Tottenham had a £21million bid for the 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, which makes a January deal complex.
The former England international 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.
Zaha 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 chiefs are fluttering their eyelashes 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 major signing. His record for a struggling Palace side this season is a stats mans’ dream, with 17 league games yielding three goals and a league-best eight assists. He can score goals but he is mainly a creator who offers penetration from out wide.
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