Spurs spark January transfer battle for Zaha with 10m move for Palace starlet
23:00 GMT, 5 January 2013
23:55 GMT, 5 January 2013
Tottenham will open negotiations this week for the 10million signing of Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha.
In spite of intense competition for
the 20-yearold Ivory Coast-born England international, Spurs have leapt
ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea because they are ready to do the
deal in the January transfer window and will comply with Palace's
condition that the player is loaned back to them until the end of the
Chase hots up: Spurs open talks with Crystal Palace for Wilfred Zaha
But neither United nor Chelsea are ready to concede defeat.
'Spurs may think they've jumped the gun, but the deal is a long way from being completed,' said a source close to the situation.
'This could turn out to be the hottest transfer battle of the season and it could boil down to a question of which club does Zaha want to join.'
Heading north Zaha could be crossing the river