By Richard Parks
Tottenham are confident of brushing off interest from Chelsea to sign Wilfried Zaha at the third attempt this summer, according to a report.
The Times claim that the north Londoners are plotting a fresh swoop for the dazzling Crystal Palace attacker after twice failing with bids to land the Ivory Coast international last season.
It is said that Tottenham had offers of £12million and £21million rejected by Palace, who now value the 25-year-old at more than £50million.
The Times report that Spurs regard the possible signing of Zaha as the ideal statement of intent to accompany the opening of their new stadium next season.
They face competition for Zaha’s signature from Premier League big hitters Chelsea and Manchester City, who made an enquiry for the wide man in last month’s window.
Zaha has scored four goals and supplied two assists from 20 league matches this season after signing a new five-year contract worth more than £100,000-a-week.
His statistics have not matched his brilliant 2016-17 season in which scored seven goals and provided 11 assists from 35 league encounters, but he is widely regarded as Palace’s dangerman and outstanding player.
Tottenham will be glad they won’t have to combat him when the two London clubs go head to head at Selhurst Park on 26 January.