Hodgson Expects January Bids For Spurs & Arsenal Target Zaha

1 Posted by - November 24, 2017 - Daily Thoughts, News

We may be more than a month away from the start of the January transfer window but Roy Hodgson has already spoken about the expectation of bids coming in for Wilfried Zaha from across the Premier League.

Despite spending a sizeable chunk of time sidelined at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the 25-year-old winger has been the star of the show for Eagles so far and is likely to be the subject of interest from Tottenham & Arsenal at the very least when the New Year gets underway. As you would expect, the boss played away any speculation over his star’s departure with a completely straight bat, ensuring that headline writers weren’t given anything to sink their teeth into but the mere fact that he was asked for a comment hints at the hysteria to come.

Whilst it would be foolish of me to completely write-off the chances of Wilfried leaving Selhurst Park in January, it feels like an extremely unlikely development as things stand. The academy graduate penned a new big-money five-year deal over the summer and currently stands alone as the Eagles best player, suggesting that both Hodgson and Steve Parish will be desperate to hold onto him ahead of what is sure to be another nail-biting battle against relegation.

Of course, those with column inches to fill in the national press will suggest that Zaha himself is keen to move but as of yet, the man himself has given absolutely no indication of being unhappy at the prospect of staying to fight against the drop in SE25. Obviously, were we to succumb to relegation in May, the landscape would change dramatically for both Palace and Wilfried but right now, I simply can’t envisage a scenario which results in him leaving SE25 during the upcoming transfer frenzy.

A bid may end up coming that is simply too good to refuse but I would cautiously predict that our valuation of the player is well above anything that a top flight club would be willing to part with at this point in time.

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4 Comments

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh November 24, 2017 - 3:34 pm Reply

    Does he have a buy out clause in the new contract?

    • admin November 24, 2017 - 3:35 pm Reply

      Not that I know of, mate.

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh November 24, 2017 - 3:46 pm Reply

        Not sure whether this is a good or bad thing. Would a £60m buy out clause being met prove good business? Or, does the fact there is none mean that chancers will bid something stupid like £20m and try and turn his head? (Levy, cough cough)

  • Pete Burch November 25, 2017 - 1:32 pm Reply

    I’d be optimistic that he’d want to stay anyway.

    Why? Well, he’s a local boy through and through and still has bad memories from his last big money move to Man U.

    It’s not like he’s on bad money now since he signed the new contract recently and, knowing himself to be a ‘confidence player’ (his own words), he might conclude that it is better to remain a big fish in a small pond. A small pond where he is loved immensely and seems to have more than a little love for in return.

    I know there is a short time window for players to make as much money as they can while the sun shines on their career, but Wilf is a humble guy who’s doing okay and enjoying his life so maybe if it isn’t broken, it doesn’t need fixing? I could see him making that decision.

    Of course, his agent might have a very different agenda and attitude to the loss of what would undoubtedly be massive income potential. How much weight his agent’s ‘advice’ will carry in Wilf’s mind is the big unknown.

    Fingers crossed, but Wilf has matured nicely and seems to know his own mind much more clearly than when he was a few years younger… as most of us do when transitioning our early twenties.

    Cocking a snook to England because he wanted to have fun during his career shows a particular strength of character and clear vision for his future… a vision that may well serve Palace nicely in the future.

    Did I say fingers crossed? Toes too, just to be on the safe side.

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