Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha was keen on the idea of joining Tottenham last summer but the Londoners could not afford him, according to the Sun.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Zaha of late, although the Gunners are reportedly close to signing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe instead. Everton are now thought to be leading the race for Zaha but Palace have apparently turned down their latest offer.
The 26-year-old’s name has cropped up in the last few transfer windows with Mauricio Pochettino said to be a fan. This summer, however, Zaha’s childhood support of Arsenal became common knowledge, all but ending the links with Spurs.
All of which makes the Sun’s tidbit more interesting. If Zaha was eager to join Tottenham last summer only for a deal to fall through for financial reasons, perhaps he would still consider joining the club if moves to Arsenal and Everton are not viable.
There is talk Palace want £80 million for the former Manchester United man, so Spurs would have to break their transfer record for the second time this summer. It’s unlikely, but it’s an amusing prospect.
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