Did you think the Wilfried Zaha to Tottenham Hotspur rumors were dead? Well, maybe not. Today, Guardian football reporter Ed Aarons tweeted that, contrary to prior reports, Spurs maybe aren’t yet willing to give up on the idea of bringing Zaha to North London when the transfer window opens.
So, some quick history: just a few days ago, reports emerged (also in the Guardian) that Zaha was ready to commit his future to Crystal Palace by signing a new five year contract worth £110k/week. That’s nearly double his salary, and a very good deal for him, even if it does mean staying at a London club that is unlikely to make the Champions League anytime soon.
Ed Aarons’ tweet emerges as Crystal Palace are in a bit of turmoil. Palace manager Sam Allardyce announced yesterday that he’s leaving the club, and indeed, the sport of football, and the club is scrambling to find a replacement in time for the club to start working on its summer transfer business.
I have my doubts about Aarons’ reports. While I’m sure Zaha may be hesitating to sign now that Big Sam has left, I’m not sure this really changes anything. £30m is a lot of money for a player like Zaha who is very good but still mostly potential, and I strongly suspect that even with Allardyce gone Palace aren’t going to want to sell Zaha to Spurs anyway.
Although, given the choice between spending that kind of money on Wilf Zaha or Everton’s Ross Barkley, I take Zaha every day of the week and twice on Sunday. We’ll keep tracking it, but I doubt this is really a thing.