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Crystal Palace: Zaha in a difficult position

Crystal Palace: Zaha in a difficult position - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Independent.

Arsenal – who had a number of bids snubbed by the Eagles for the winger – have essentially ruled themselves out of the running after agreeing a £72m deal with 24-year-old Lille winger, Nicolas Pepe.

The report states that Zaha’s representatives is now trying to source a move to another club and that the Ivorian winger has made it clear that he wants to leave SE25. It goes on to say that Tottenham Hotspur have been made of the situation at Palace and the player’s desire to move to the club, but they do not want to make a move for him.

They also claim that Everton are the ‘likeliest’ for his destination, though, like Arsenal, that deal also looks less likely to be happening after the club released a statement denying a second bid for the player and claiming it was the end of the matter.

Part of the statement read: “Everton and Crystal Palace have a very good relationship. A bid was made over the weekend which was turned down.

“Both clubs agreed that was the end of the matter.”

The chances of Zaha leaving Palace in this window look less and less likely every day after this report and Everton’s statement.

As per the report, Tottenham do not seem interested in Zaha, which perhaps isn’t a surprise considering the fact they have the likes of Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela as wide options. Interestingly enough, the Daily Star reported three months ago now that the north London outfit had gone cold on a potential deal for the Ivorian, so his potential landing spots are looking limited.

It could be argued that Zaha doesn’t reflect good value for a buying club. Despite his consistent performances over the past few seasons and a constant improvement year on year, proved by his goal return going up in his last four seasons, Arsenal clearly weren’t keen on spending huge money on him, as they could do on Nicolas Pepe. Meanwhile, Everton say its the end of the matter their end after seeing an offer rejected while ex-Palace chairman Simon Jordan even talked about how his former player was overpriced.

Considering his importance for Palace, it’s easy to see why they value him so highly. To other teams, it doesn’t seem to be the case.

Will Zaha be at his best next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

It’s another win for Steve Parish and Crystal Palace if they can keep Zaha at the club who have been very strong in not budging their asking price.

Ironically, it’s the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka which may have kept Zaha in red and blue, as it has given Palace a strong mandate by a) claiming to not need the Zaha money and b) to not want to decrease the ability of the squad by selling their two best players.

There has been relatively little business at Selhurst Park but news that Zaha is staying would be a big lift for the club.

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