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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  1. I know professional footballers can’t look at it like fans but telling the planet you’re an Arsenal fan and it’s your dream move sounds pretty hollow a year after asking to be allowed to join their biggest rivals. If he’s been an Arsenal fan since birth, he’d have had a dislike for spurs growing up which would have surely prevented him from signing? I couldn’t have seen Wiltshire asking to join Tottenham even if he was playing for Crawley town!!

  2. Anyone associated/used to or wished to associate with Arsenal does not belong with the Spurs Family, I agree with Patnevin unfortunately we need to face the truth.

    we know Zaha is good but we can do better especially with that kind of price tag, clearly we could afford an established ace that will boost up our ranks even if he sits near the field with a signed spurs contract… get me?


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