Crystal Palace are set to offer talisman Wilfried Zaha his second new contract in just thirteen months, as they look to deter interest from Tottenham Hostpur, according to the Daily Mirror.
The contract is reportedly worth in excess of £120,000-a-week, as Palace do not want to risk losing their star player to a Premier League rival in Tottenham Hotspur.
This contract comes just one year Zaha signed a five-year £100,000-a-week deal to keep him at the club until 2022.
The new deal is likely to be more than Tottenham would be willing to pay for Zaha’s signature, dampening their chances of securing the Ivorian.
In a word: invaluable. The decision to stump up an extra £20,000-a-week to secure the services of the Ivorian is likely an easy call for Chairman Steve Parrish and his consortium.
There is no doubt Zaha would improve a Tottenham team who are looking to really push on under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino. However, it is by no means a guarantee that he would be an automatic starter in a Spurs team dripping with talent. Without his goals and assists, Palace fell to nine defeats in the nine matches Zaha missed, highlighting his importance to the team.
Trickery, pace, ability to take on players and a new found knack for goal scoring, he is the man who makes the Eagles tick, and the team often look lost and one-paced without Zaha pulling the strings.
A South London boy, Zaha’s ill fated move to Manchester United, in which he found himself frozen out by then United boss David Moyes, led to speculation he needs to be in an environment where he is the main man and has a relationship with the fans.
Crystal Palace find themselves in a position where, if they can build a team around Zaha, they would be an attacking threat to any Premier League defence.
This contract being accepted would be a major step forward for Crystal Palace, securing their key man before adding some much needed reinforcements to the squad before the end of the summer transfer window.
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