Zaha ‘wants’ trophies amid Spurs, Arsenal links, says teammate

Date published: Friday 28th May 2021 8:26 - Lewis Oldham

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Reported Tottenham and Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha “wants to be winning trophies”, according to Andros Townsend.

Zaha rejoined Crystal Palace in 2015 on a permanent deal from Manchester United. He has consistently been one of their best players since he made his return.

The forward enjoyed his best season numbers-wise in 2020/21 as he netted eleven times in the Premier League from his 30 outings.

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Zaha came close to joining Everton in 2019. A £70m offer plus Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy was on the table. But the Toffees eventually opted to bring in Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.

The Ivory Coast international is attracting interest from several of Palace’s Premier League rivals. According to reports from GOAL and 90min, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton are all keen to bring him in. Palace value their prized asset at around £40m.

Zaha recently revealed to The Face that his “dream” is to win silverware:

“I feel like I can have another shot at the top teams, because my dream is to win things.

“I’m good enough to go out there and compete with the best.

“If the opportunity came, I wouldn’t turn it down, because I feel like I deserve it. It’s so I can show my kids: ​’This is what daddy won’.”

Townsend has told talkSPORT that he would like to see Zaha “shine” on the biggest stage:

“Although I would love to see him play at Palace for as long as possible as a Palace player, as Wilf’s friend, I would love to see him to eventually get that chance to shine on the biggest stage.

“He is a top player. He wants to be playing in the biggest stage possible. He wants to be playing in the Champions League, he wants to be winning trophies, the hunger is definitely not a problem for Wilf.”

Last month, former Palace boss Roy Hodgson insisted that Zaha wants to stay at Selhurst Park:

“He’s been very good. He’s missed more games through injury than in previous years which is a blow for us, but we’re hoping to keep him fit for the next nine.

“He seems to be pretty much clear at the moment as to what he wants to do and where he wants to be. We’re hoping to benefit from that in the next nine games.

“At the end of the season, we’ll see what happens then.”

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