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Wilfried Zaha rejects Palace contract and opens door for £70m Tottenham swoop

Wilfried Zaha has apparently asked Crystal Palace to let him leave the club, according to reports in The Express, after protracted negotiations over a new contract broke down.

Spurs, Everton and Dortmund are all said to be interested in the Ivorian’s signature, though Palace are reportedly demanding a significant transfer fee in the region of £60–70 million.

The player himself is said to favour a move to Spurs, and it’s not the first time Zaha has been linked to the Lillywhites, who supposedly had offers rejected for him by Palace in previous transfer windows.

It remains to be seen whether the North Londoners, and their shrewd chairman Daniel Levy, would be willing to smash their transfer record to bring the winger to the new White Hart Lane.

Another possible option that may suit all parties would be a player-plus-cash swap deal involving Moussa Sissoko heading in the opposite direction.

In fact, both Everton and Dortmund are said to be drawing up similar offers, with Yannick Bolasie and Andre Schurle, respectively, being considered as make-weights in any deal.

Spurs have yet to make a signing so far this summer, though a deal for Jack Grealish appears imminent.

With an apparent “war chest” of £150 million (possibly including player sales), Pochettino could do worse than bring in a player who has shone in his time at Palace, with nine goals from the wing in an injury hit season last term.

Zaha would bring some much needed pace and creativity to the Tottenham frontline, and would either compete with Lamela, Son and Moura for a place on the wings, or perhaps slot in as a second striker behind Kane.

It’s clear, with Zaha’s desire being to remain in the capital and Tottenham his preferred destination, Spurs are very much in the driving seat.

Zaha at Tottenham seems like a perfect fit. It’s now down to Spurs, Levy and Poch to see if they can get the deal done.

Written by Jackson Rawlings.

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