In the final hours of the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur reportedly made an attempt to capture Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha.
In the closing stages of the transfer window, the 29-year-future old’s at Selhurst Park was questioned because both Arsenal and Chelsea were rumoured to be interested in signing him.
The Athletic claims that Tottenham looked into buying Zaha before the transfer season closed, but Palace declined to hold negotiations for the Ivory Coast international. The forward is in the final year of his deal at Selhurst Park, which might be problematic for the Eagles if he maintains his current form.
In his first four Premier League games this season, Zaha has scored four goals, including a brace in the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on August 20.
The Ivorian also scored against Liverpool in the middle of last month at Anfield, helping Patrick Vieira’s team to a share of the spoils.
Zaha began his professional career at Palace before moving on to Manchester United in 2013. However, he only made four first-team appearances while playing for the Red Devils, and in 2015, following two loan stints, he made a permanent return to Palace.
Zaha to Tottenham a possibility for next summer
The attacker has played 434 times for Palace in all competitions, scoring 87 goals and dishing out 73 assists.
Currently, Zaha would be able to start contract negotiations with foreign clubs in January, and Vieira’s team would actually risk losing their top player to a free transfer in June if nothing changed.
Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Destiny Udogie, Ivan Perisic, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster, and Clement Lenglet were all acquired by Tottenham during the summer transfer window.
Prior to the window closing, Cristian Romero’s long-term transfer from Atlanta BC was also approved.
A handful of players were permitted to depart on loans by Antonio Conte’s team over the summer, but only two players were permanently sold: Steven Bergwijn went to Ajax and Cameron Carter-Vickers went to Celtic.
Tottenham has had a promising start to the 2022–23 Premier League season, earning 11 points from five games to move them up to third place in the standings.
On Wednesday night, Spurs and West Ham United tied 1-1. On Saturday, Spurs will play Fulham in another London derby.
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