Tottenham Hotspur, fresh from learning their Champions League opponents, have moved swiftly to sign Wilfried Zaha, 23.
A £15m bid was lodged with Crystal Palace for the winger, who re-joined the Eagles last year from Manchester United.
Zaha’s agent Will Salthouse confirmed to the BBC that the two clubs were in talks although Palace chairman Steve Parrish criticised his north London rivals for a “ridiculous” bid which had “no chance whatsoever” of succeeding.
The winger recently met with Eagles boss Alan Pardew and told him that he wanted to leave. With Yannick Bolasie, 27, now at Everton, Zaha’s departure would leave a big hole in the Palace squad. It may be the trigger for the south Londoners to rekindle their interest in Newcastle United’s want-away midfielder, Moussa Sissoko, 27.
Having won two England caps in the early years of Roy Hodgson’s reign, Zaha has been continually overlooked for international recognition and wants to move to a bigger club to further his England career. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a proven track record of success in this area at Southampton as well as White Hart Lane.
The biggest draw for Zaha would be Champions League football. Tottenham will play their matches at Wembley and yesterday’s draw for the group stage was kind to them. Top seeds in their group are CSKA Moscow with Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen their remaining opponents.
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