According to reports in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make a £40m summer bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who is currently earning £100,000-a-week with the Premier League strugglers.
What’s the word, then?
Well, the Daily Mail says that Spurs have chased the Ivory Coast international for some time and are ready to make another move for the 25-year-old at the end of the season by offering £40m.
However, the Daily Mail says that Tottenham’s London neighbours are likely to value the wide man at a higher price than that given how much of an influential role he is playing in their battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.
The report adds that Zaha’s £100,000-a-week contract doesn’t expire until 2022 meaning Palace are in a strong position even though the player is expected to leave even if they stay up, while Chelsea are also known admirers of him.
How has Zaha done this season?
He has been great when he has been on the pitch and continues to prove that he is one of the best players in the Premier League when you look at those that feature for teams outside of the top six.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals and provided a further three assists in 22 top flight appearances, while the south London outfit have lost all nine of the matches that he has been absent for.
Roy Hodgson’s side bounced back from four successive defeats with a 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and it came on Zaha’s first start since February 4 following a knee problem.
Would he be a good signing for Tottenham?
He certainly would be.
The Ivory Coast international would add pace, trickery and something of a new dimension to the Spurs attack, and it is no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign him given the impact he continues to make on a consistent basisfor Palace.
That said, the fact that they already have Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela to play in the wide positions would perhaps suggest that one of those quartet could be on their way out, with Lamela the most likely candidate despite his popularity with the supporters, given Lucas only signed during the January transfer window and the other two are established as key first-team stars.