Tottenham enter race for £8 million England U-21 starlet
Tottenham and Arsenal transfer news: Spurs keen on Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha
Tottenham are ready to throw their hat into the ring for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha, but face competition from Manchester City and Arsenal.
Zaha has been attracting interest from the Premier League in recent months, although Palace boss Dougie Freedman has warned any potential buyers that they will have to fork out £11 million of they want to land the 19-year-old.
The talented youngster attracted bids from Wigan and Bolton during the summer transfer window, however he appears on course to land a move to one of the Premier League’s big boys.
According to the People, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is keen on landing Zaha, and will commission a move for him in January.
However Spurs are unwilling to meet Freedman’s £11 million valuation, and will hope to get their man for closer to £8 million.
A possible solution to the deal could see Tottenham get their man in January, and allow him to stay put at Palace before he joins up with his new colleagues at White Hart Lane at the end of the season.
According to reports this week Arsenal have been tracking Zaha for some time, and see him as a natural successor to Theo Walcott, who is currently stalling on signing a new deal and could potentially leave the Gunners at the end of the season.
Former Arsenal assistant coach Pat Rice was reportedly present to see Zaha score twice as Palace secured a 4-3 win over Burnley last weekend, ahead of a potential move to take him to the Emirates Stadium.
Palace chief Steve Parish will likely do all he can to keep hold of Zaha in January as the south London club go in search of promotion from the Championship, but if a big money bid from Tottenham, Arsenal or Manchester City came when the transfer window re-opens he may find it hard to resist.
Tottenham’s relationship with Crystal Palace could still be somewhat frosty however, after they controversially landed former Eagles youngster John Bostock back in 2008.