News came out yesterday that Tottenham were interested in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, which made most of us scratch our heads. But ultimately, we thought it was just a rumor.
Not so, according to Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish. Not only did Spurs lodge a £12m bid for Zaha yesterday, but according to Parish, Palace flatly rejected it and said that the player is not for sale.
"We had a bid from Spurs but £12m - it's ridiculous. I can't imagine that they're serious," Parish said on TalkSport.
"We've told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere - 100 per cent guaranteed."
Source – Daily Mirror
Parish also doubled-down on the rhetoric, directly responding on Twitter to the bookmakers’ odds that Zaha will be a Tottenham player by the end of the window.
So there’s good reason for Palace to take a hard line on Zaha. With the departure of Yannick Bolasie to Everton, losing Zaha would mean that their offense would take a pretty significant hit in this window. Between Zaha, Christian Benteke, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, Lee Chung-Yong, and Johann Cabaye, Palace have the makings of a pretty good attack.
Palace obviously rate him highly and wouldn’t let him go for cheap regardless of what Parish says. Every player has his price, but Parish’s comments make it pretty clear that it would take a huge bid to pry him away, and I’m still not convinced it’s worth it.
For what it’s worth, Mauricio Pochettino did come out and say that he’d be interested in adding a player like Zaha, a fast winger who can take on defenders, though he didn’t mention Zaha by name.
“Yes, I would like add a player like this. We have improved because now we have two strikers – last season only one - and now I think we need some players in the second line of offense to help the team to compete better and to have more quality in the squad, because it will be a very tough season for us with the Champions League and very tough competitions.”
There are already some eerie parallels between this transfer and the Saido Berahino saga. This £12m bid is a hilarious low-ball, and knowing Daniel Levy it wouldn’t surprise me whatsoever if Spurs put in a higher second bid just to unsettle the player and make Parish’s job a living hell. We might not see Zaha wearing lilywhite, but we might just see Levy’s Machiavellian tactics poison the well for another promising Premier League player. Why do clubs even do business with us?