‘It doesn’t surprise me’ – Manager admits there is interest in long-term rumoured Spurs target

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Dom Le Roy

Roy Hodgson has admitted that there is interest in rumoured Tottenham target Wilfried Zaha but insisted that the winger is not being affected by the speculation regarding his future.

Zaha has reportedly been a long-term target for Spurs, with the North Londoners reportedly having a bid rejected by Palace for the wide man back in 2016 as well as in 2018 (The Athletic).

Spurs were backed to make a move for Ivory Coast international during the summer transfer window but it did not materialise and the tricky winger ended up remaining at Selhurst Park.

Zaha has had an excellent season so far for the Eagles, having scored eight times in 15 matches in all competitions (transfermarkt.com).

Recent reports indicate that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino could look to make the Palace star one of his first signings as Paris Saint-Germain boss (The Sun).

Hodgson insisted that he is used to constant speculation about Zaha’s future and admitted that he expected him to stay.

The Palace boss told Sky Sports: “There has been so much speculation regarding Wilf over the years that I tend to let those concerns disappear, as they often do.

“Wilf’s good and it doesn’t surprise me that there are clubs out there who would like to sign him, but a lot of things have to be put in place before a player leaves a club.

“I’m just happy at the moment that Wilf is playing as he is, displaying his discipline and concentration and his passion for football and the club, and unless I’m given a reason to think otherwise, I expect that to keep going.”

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Wilfried Zaha’s contract with Palace has two and a half years left to run and so the Eagles could be forced to cash in on him in the summer (if not January) if they want to get a decent transfer fee for him.

I could see us potentially pursuing him in the summer when Bale’s loan deal comes to an end and if one of either Moura or Lamela leaves. As things stand, we have too many wide players at the club and so I do not see us making a move for the Ivorian in January.

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