Crystal Palace remain confident that they can prevent Wilfried Zaha from joining Tottenham this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino has already tried to sign the Eagles star once, but Sam Allardyce is standing firm ahead of another transfer window showdown.
Spurs and Palace face each other at Selhurst Park tonight and it remains to be seen whether the Ivorian will feature given that Allardyce is expected to ring the changes.
The Sun report that Palace are hoping to sit down with Zaha and offer him a bumper new deal worth £120,000 a week – double what he’s currently picking up.
That could potentially give them a huge advantage over Spurs, who don’t even pay top earners Harry Kane or Hugo Lloris that kind of money.
As Europe’s elite clubs start to circle, there is a sense that Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy will have to change that policy if he wants his side to compete, though that isn’t going to be easy amidst the new stadium project.
Zaha has three years left to run on his current deal, but his six goals and nine assists are making him an attractive proposition for Spurs.
The north Londoners are likely to sign an attacking midfielder, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou having failed to make much of an impact in his first season at White Hart Lane.
As for Zaha, he struggled during his brief spell at Manchester United, but he finally looks as if he has matured into a player capable of fitting into a top club.