Tottenham Transfer News: Spurs to Make New Wilfried Zaha Move in Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly make a fresh move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha at the end of the season.

According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, Spurs want to beat Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to land the Ivory Coast international despite the signing of Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain in January.

"Beating London rivals Chelsea and champions elect City to Zaha would be a statement signing for Spurs ahead of their move into their new stadium next season," Kajumba noted. "Zaha is back onto the radar of the Premier League’s big boys after recapturing his best form since returning to Palace in February 2015 after a disappointing two years at Manchester United."

Kajumba suggested any successful bid for the winger will have to be in excess of £50 million, with the Eagles said to be desperate to hold on to their key attacking player. Zaha signed a new contract with Palace last year tying him down at Selhurst Park until 2022.

Zaha's form has been sensational at times this season, and as relayed here by journalist Paul Brown, Kajumba noted recently just how much Palace have struggled without him:

Paul Brown @pbsportswriter

Great stat from @AdrianJKajumba - #cpfc not won a league game without Zaha since Sep 2016. Now out for six weeks...

The winger has been vital to the team overcoming their disappointing start to the season since Roy Hodgson took over.

Whether used as an orthodox winger or as a centre-forward, Zaha has terrified opposition defenders with his pace, power and trickery on the ball. In a counter-attacking setup, he can be devastating and has contributed four goals to the cause.

Zaha is Palace's most important player.
Zaha is Palace's most important player.LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Images

Now 25, it's clear there's been an extra maturity in Zaha's game as of late, especially since he made his return to south London. As noted recently by the SportBible Twitter account, there have been times this term when the winger has taken a kicking:

SPORTbible @sportbible

Sanchez- 56 ❌ Zaha - 55 ❌ Hazard - 52 ❌ The most fouled player in the Premier League has just been named. 76 fouls and counting...😲😳 https://t.co/JuUJEUXJau

Spurs would be an exciting move for Zaha, as Mauricio Pochettino's side continue to make excellent progress under his guidance.

The arrival of Lucas and the recent return to fitness of Erik Lamela give Spurs penetrative options on the flanks, which is something the attacking setup has lacked at times this term. It means that even if he were to arrive, Zaha would face a fight for his place.

Lucas arrived at Spurs in January.
Lucas arrived at Spurs in January.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

However, the prospect of Zaha linking up with those two, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Harry Kane is a tantalising one. Indeed, the HLTCO Twitter account expressed how highly they rate the Palace man:


Keep on zooming in to discover the identity of the only left-winger on the planet better than Wilfried Zaha... https://t.co/GHGNbqTdQS

Given how settled he appears at Palace and how a move to United didn't work out for Zaha, it would be no surprise if there was some hesitancy on his part to join a more illustrious club for a second time. The Eagles will surely be doing all they can to convince him to stick around, too.

Still, a lot of players have made rapid progress under Pochettino at Spurs, and if the coach could work on some of the weaknesses in Zaha's play, then he could take his game to another level.