Tottenham Hotspur’s £12 million offer for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been rejected by the London club, The Guardian state.
Eagles owner Steve Parish has confirmed that the bid from Spurs has been received but immediately rejected and labelled as derisory.
Bookmakers are convinced Zaha will become Spurs' third summer signing.
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The Selhurst Park chief has reassured Palace fans that Zaha, reportedly labelled ‘the next Ronaldo’ by Mauricio Pochettino, will be going nowhere this summer.
“We had a bid from Spurs but £12m – it’s ridiculous. I can’t imagine that they’re serious,” Parish told TalkSport.
“There’s no chance whatsoever of Wilfried Zaha leaving the club in this transfer window. I can absolutely reassure every Palace fan he is an integral part of our plans. We’ve told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere – 100% guaranteed.
“I was told that the manager there [at Tottenham] thinks he’s the next Ronaldo. Well, I’d like to get the next Ronaldo for £12m. We need to convince Wilfried that Palace is the right place for him and he can succeed here.”
Zaha has had a colourful career to date, with star performances for Palace in the Championship convincing Manchester United to buy the flying winger.
However, a lack of playing opportunities at Old Trafford has seen the attacking midfielder end up back at the London club, where he is yet to fully convince in the Premier League.
Wilfried Zaha completed 127 take-ons in the Premier League last season, only Riyad Mahrez completed more (131). pic.twitter.com/9mM5NzdBfA
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Spurs have plenty of options in the final third but possibly lack a bit of pace in wide areas, hence the offer for Zaha.
That said, the Englishman’s lack of final product was on show in Tottenham’s 1-0 win over their London rivals last weekend.
Pochettino currently has the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to play in attacking midfield areas.