Despite failed attempts to land their man last August and over the January transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur are set to re-enter the market in pursuit of Crystal Palace wide-man Wilfried Zaha at the end of the season, according to the Daily Express.
Spurs saw a £12million offer for the recently capped Ivory Coast international rebuffed last summer, and a further enquiry over January was also rebuffed by Palace chairman Steve Parish, but it is thought that Mauricio Pochettino still sees thee 24-year-old, who has spent time on the books of Manchester United, as a priority target, and the pursuit of him will resume come the end of the season, whether or not the Eagles are successful in dodging relegation this term.
Zaha, who put pen to paper on a five-and-a half year deal at Palace in 2015, a contract set to run until 2021, is valued at £25 million by the Selhurst Park club, but is thought to be open to the idea of a move to develop his career prospects, and Pochettino has lined him up as a feasible solution to the club’s need for extra pace and dynamism in attack.
Meanwhile, there is more positive news to come from the club, with the club’s official website announcing that academy graduate Harry Winks has signed an improved deal at White Hart Lane, which will keep him in North London until 2022.
Having risen through the ranks at Spurs, Winks has broken into the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino this season and made 25 appearances and eight starts for the club across all competitions, one of which yielded a London Derby goal against West Ham. His new deal will surely prove yet another marker of Pochettino’s faith in young players, and the continuation of his long-term project of bringing youthful and promising talent through the ranks at White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile, the club’s official website has also announced that youngster Nathan Oduwa has departed the club, after terms were agreed with Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana.
Finally, Spurs utility man Eric Dier has reached out to teammate Dele Alli to remain at Tottenham Hotspur and develop his career as a key player, rather than become a mere commodity at a bigger club, in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ.
Dier, also an international teammate and a close friend of Alli, has raised concerns that the 20-year-old would become little more than an ‘asset’ at a bigger club, rather than the cherished player he is at Spurs, were he to seek out a move.
“He’s still a very young boy, I think people need to remember that” Dier said.
“I think he’s at the perfect place for that because he’s got a support system around him and a manager and a group of players that will take care of him. I think his long term future is here at the club.
“You have to worry about young players sometimes in certain places if they can cope with it and will they be looked after as a 20-year-old boy and not just an asset.”
Alli, who first arrived at the North London club from MK Dons in 2015 , has netted 13 goals this season and bagged January’s Player of the Month award to build on his impressive first season last term. His consistent performances this campaign have given rise to speculation of a move to Europe, despite the 20-year-old signing a new long-term contract back in September to keep him at the club until 2022.
With his current deal at White Hart Lane in mind, it would take a monumental fee to prise the England international away from North London, though whether that deters big guns in Europe from making an official approach, remains to be seen.
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