Spurs lead Arsenal in £8m England U21 chase

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the chase to sign highly-rated England U21 international Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian-born 19-year-old continues to earn rave reviews at Crystal Palace, with his latest effort helping the Eagles to a 2-1 Npower Championship win away at Wolves on Tuesday night.

Zaha – who scored both goals in the win at Molineux – has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, and now The Daily Mirror claims Spurs lead Arsenal in the race to land the player.

The same publication reveals that Liverpool are also interested in the player, whilst Manchester United have also been linked with a move in the past.

Valued at £8 million, Zaha would provide strong competition to Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale on the wings at Tottenham Hotspur, whilst his versatility means that Andre Villas-Boas could also play the teenager up-front if he wished.

Were he to join Spurs, he would follow in the footsteps of John Bostock, who left Palace for White Hart Lane in a controversial move back in 2008.

With three-caps to his name for the Young Lions, the future is undoubtedly very bright for Zaha, although Spurs is unlikely to be the only option on the table when the time comes to leave Selhurst Park.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a track-record of getting the best out of young players at the Emirates Stadium, and has shown in the past that he’s willing to invest in lower-league talent with the additions of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Zaha is of a similar ilk to the Southampton academy graduates, but the Gunners boss now knows he has a north London fight on his hands in the battle for this particular player.

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