Monday 11 December 2017

Palace chairman offers up angry response to Tottenham's bid for Zaha

Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has declared that Tottenham will fail in any attempt to sign Wilfried Zaha in this transfer window, after he angrily revealed his club rejected an offer for the winger earlier this week.

Parish confirmed that Spurs have lodged a £12m bid to sign Zaha before he launched a passionate vow not to sell the player ahead of next Wednesday’s transfer deadline as he insisted no cash offer would alter his stance.

“I can say definitely, 100 per-cent he is not going anywhere in this window. Whatever they bid,” he told talkSPORT.

“There is absolutely no chance Zaha will leave Palace in this window. We don’t have to sell to Tottenham, it’s not like it was before. We are not selling him in this transfer window. I want to reassure all the Palace fans and the manager.

“I have not spoken to the player. I think the manager and the player might have had a conversation, but I am the chairman of the club and he is not going anywhere. He might have to get his head around that, but that’s the reality.

“It is difficult for Wilfried because a big club have come in for him, but we want to finish ahead of these clubs. We need to convince Wilfried that he can achieve what he wants here and that conversation will happen once the transfer window is closed.”

Parish went on to criticise the methods used to break the story of Tottenham’s interest in Zaha, as he suggested the news was leaked to a newspaper by agents involved in the deal before Palace were made aware of interest in the player.

“What I don’t understand is that they make a bid on a whim and then it appears in the newspaper,” he added. “It’s fine to make a bid, but it is a different thing that it is in the Daily Mail before we know about it.

“They have three months to get it a strategy in place for transfers and then a week before the window end, they come in with a bid. What does that say (about Spurs).

“Wilfried represents a lot to our football club. He is a talisman for our club and we have already made some risky moves this summer. Wilfried Zaha will not go in this transfer window, that is our strategy.

“When I make a bid for a player, I don’t tell the Daily Mail about it. I don’t know why they need to know about it.”

Parish went on to confirm he is hoping to sign two more players ahead of the transfer deadline, with Christian Benteke arriving as Palace’s big summer signing so far after his club record £30m move from Liverpool last weekend.

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