Tottenham must forget Wilfried Zaha and join race to sign Ismaila Sarr instead

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but they should forget about him and join the race to bring Rennes attacker Ismaila Sarr to the Premier League instead.

What’s the word, then?

Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace

Well, The Times reported on July 20 that Spurs are interested in the Eagles star and that the 25-year-old has rejected a new contract offered to him by the south London club as he is hoping to secure a move to link up with Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

The Times says that Tottenham have baulked at Palace’s £70m asking price for their prized possession however, and despite his impressive form and how influential he was in Roy Hodgson’s men’s relegation escape last term, they appear unlikely to smash their transfer record for him.

Meanwhile, reports in The Sun suggest that Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are all considering making a move to bring £50m-rated Senegal international Sarr to the English top flight.

Why should Spurs forget Zaha and join Sarr race?

Well, the 20-year-old made a huge impression for his country at the 2018 World Cup following a number of sparkling displays, and he looks to have huge potential for the future.

Being five years younger than Zaha could certainly be a benefit for Tottenham, who should sign a Premier League attacker to make them even more lethal on the counter-attack, in the long-term, while he appears to have similar attributes to the Ivory Coast international anyway and would be on a far lower wage than the 25-year-old’s current £100,000-a-week pay packet.

Beating a number of their rivals to the signing of Sarr would have to be seen as a coup, especially with his agent describing him as having the “same qualities as Dembele of Barcelona”, according to The Sun.

Unlike Zaha, Sarr also wouldn’t expect to be a regular starter right away, which is unlikely to be the case given Pochettino has Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min – when he returns from the Asian Games – ready to line up behind Harry Kane, but he would bring some much-needed pace and skill in wide areas.