In Focus: Totteham must pay £40m to sign Palace star; he could be Sissoko upgrade

According to reports in The Times, Crystal Palace have placed a £40m price tag on Tottenham Hotspur target Wilfried Zaha.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Spurs made a £12m bid for the winger last summer but after that was rejected, they signed Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United instead.

However, with Zaha enjoying an impressive season in the Premier League with the Eagles, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to return with another offer – especially with Sissoko struggling to make an impact at White Hart Lane.

But Palace won’t let the 24-year-old leave on the cheap as he still has three years remaining on his contract at Selhurst Park, and they are ready to offer him a new £120,000-a-week deal to ward off the interest from their London rivals.

How has he done this season?

He has enjoyed his best and most consistent campaign in his career at this level.

The Ivory Coast international has proven to be a menace for defenders with his pace and trickery and he has scored six goals and provided a further nine assists in 30 Premier League appearances.

Although Palace will be confident that he will stay, the lure of European football could be too good to turn down and Spurs may feel that he can make a bigger impact than Sissoko has in north London.

Is he really worth £40m?

In this day and age and with the potential he has to get even better, perhaps he is.

Although the price tag may seem steep, Zaha can be a game-changer when he is on top form and he has certainly showed that he is becoming more influential on a consistent basis this season.

Will Tottenham be willing to pay that, though?

Daniel Levy is a man that likes to get value for money when he signs a player and while he may feel that £40m is steep for Zaha, he will also know that he needs to support Pochettino in order to ensure that the Argentine doesn’t leave White Hart Lane in the near future.

They also brought in Sissoko for £30m last summer, so they have proven they aren’t averse to paying large fees for Premier League players.