According to the Daily Mail, Wilfried Zaha is once again being linked with a move from boyhood club Crystal Palace to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs were rumoured to have made a bid in last summer’s transfer window and could be keen on coming back in for the winger who has been vital to Palace’s survival hopes this season. Zaha may also be seen as an upgrade on the likes of Erik Lamela in the wide areas, and would provide more support for talisman Harry Kane.
Ivory Coast international Zaha has been one of Palace’s key men this season. The Eagles have failed to pick up a single Premier League point without him in the side and his return from injury last weekend sparked Palace into a 2-0 victory away at Huddersfield, their first win in eight games, which saw Palace move out of the relegation zone. Zaha was influential throughout, his pace and trickery causing problems for The Terriers and his excellent form this season has seen him linked with another move away from the club after his unsuccessful spell at Manchester United.
According to the reports, Spurs are likely to table a bid of around £40 million for the winger but it is likely that Palace see his valuation as much higher given an inflated Premier League transfer market. Zaha also signed a new five-year contract with The Eagles in the summer of 2017 which will push his value up higher, along with the fact that Palace lack squad depth on the wings, with Andros Townsend and Bakary Sako the only other viable options in the current squad.
Zaha would bring pace and direct play to the Spurs attack, which may be seen as a weakness in the wide areas. He would be competing with the likes of Lamela, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and January signing Lucas Moura. The success of Moura between now and the summer transfer window may be an important factor in whether this deal gets over the line in the summer. If the Brazilian can continue to impress then Spurs may not see the need to go after a player who would likely play in similar positions, especially if they also hang on to Son. However, an underwhelming season for the ex-PSG winger may see a desire to upgrade, with Zaha undoubtedly a better player since his last big-money move.
As reluctant as Crystal Palace are to see him leave, Zaha clearly has the talent to play on the bigger stage. He has matured since returning to Palace and has improved his end product vastly, which has deservedly seen interest from European-level clubs. If Zaha does want to move and The Eagles accept a bid from Spurs, it would surely shatter Palace’s existing record sale of £25 million that they received for Yannick Bolasie. However, with such a big price tag and Zaha seemingly happy it Selhurst Park, this transfer is far from certain.