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Tottenham Hotspur Zaha approach would be considered 'unnecessarily provocative'

08 August 2018

Crystal Palace have had no official contact yet this summer window from other Premier League clubs for Wilfried Zaha, their leading player, and would regard any attempt now to sign the player before Thursday's 5pm close of the window as having come too late.

The 25-year-old Zaha had been a target for both the London clubs heading into the final week of the summer transfer window.

However, the 25-year-old attacker has been tipped for a move again this summer after rejecting an improved £125,000-a-week contract and the Ivory Coast worldwide has attracted interest from the upper echelons of the league with Tottenham and Chelsea linked in recent months.

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Maurizio Sarri is due to sit down with Chelsea chiefs to discuss potential signings ahead of this week's transfer deadline and the Crystal Palace star will be top of the agenda. To add to it, Brazilian winger Willian is also a subject of interest for Manchester United, which has further increased Chelsea's need to strengthen in the wide areas.

"That would lead to comments that we don't think he's good enough to play elsewhere".

The Ivory Coast worldwide only penned a five-year contract with Palace last summer, but it has been suggested that the player is keen to secure a transfer to Chelsea.

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Nine goals in 29 Premier League games has seen the vultures circling for Zaha's signature, who only signed a new deal until 2022 last summer.

That prompted Palace to offer Zaha a new deal worth £125,000-a-week - although he only signed one for £100,000-a-week 15 months ago - but Zaha has rejected it in a bid to force a move.

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Tottenham Hotspur Zaha approach would be considered 'unnecessarily provocative'