Crystal Palace face Wilfried Zaha dilemma as Manchester United and Tottenham circle
Championship side could do with the income that would be generated by winger's sale
Crystal Palace are deeply divided over whether to sell Wilfried Zaha this month, because a move for the player to Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur could damage Palace's prospects of promotion and an influx of Premier League TV money.
United and Spurs are both interested in Zaha, though Spurs could be impeded by their difficult relationship with Palace in the transfer market, which dates back to their messy and protracted move for Jonny Bostock, which was eventually settled at a tribunal in 2008. Several other deals between the two clubs have caused problems. Bostock is yet to start a game for Spurs and has spent the last three years out on loan.
With some sources doubting the notion that a United deal could involve Zaha being loaned back to Selhurst Park until the end of the season – in the way that Chris Smalling played for Fulham after signing in January 2010 – Palace are facing a decision on whether to cash in on a £12m player now and risk fans' discontent if they fail to make the play-offs. The club are third in the Championship – two points behind second-placed Hull City. But they are not awash with cash and could do with the income.
Zaha has been more dispensable to Palace in recent weeks. His form has clearly dipped since his England call-up against Sweden on 14 November and he is close to being dropped by Ian Holloway, whose coaching team feel he needs a rest.
The attention surrounding him is not helping and opposing clubs are seeking ways to shut off the threat the 20-year-old poses. The Championship leaders Cardiff frustrated him on Boxing Day. Zaha has started every Palace game since the draw at Barnsley on 23 October and with the additional exception of the Capital One Cup exit at Preston on 28 August has started every other game this season.
Latest in Sport
Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia launch Glasgow swimwear - but are criticised for drawing attention to the 'crotch' area
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez: The many (animated) faces of Arsenal's Chilean forward
Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke