Wilfried Zaha is now set to hold talks with Crystal Palace in the coming days as Steve Parish awaits a response from the Ivorian.
That is according to the Daily Mail.
What’s the story?
Well, a four-year contract worth £200,000-a-week has been sat on the table for many weeks now, although the 30-year-old is yet to make a decision on his future.
Zaha is a free agent after his terms at Selhurst Park expired on June 30th.
The Daily Mail believe Fenerbahce also hold a strong interest in signing the Ivory Coast international – who has scored 68 goals in 305 Premier League appearances.
However, the £200,000-a-week deal worth roughly £10m-a-season to Zaha is a more lucrative contract than what the Turkish giants are said to be offering.
The Daily Mail add that Zaha is currently working with Crystal Palace’s medical team at the training ground in Copers Cope, Beckenham, as he continues his recovery from the hamstring issue which ended his 2022/23 campaign early.
Crystal Palace need a new forward – even if Zaha agrees to stay
Whether Zaha signs a new contract or not, Parish and Dougie Freedman have to find a new attacker capable of improving the starting XI.
Michael Olise is set to be out for three months after tearing his hamstring, while Zaha – even if he stays – will potentially miss the start of the 2023/24 campaign due to his own hamstring injury, according to the Daily Mail.
Therefore, Roy Hodgson’s attack could be looking very thin come the start of next season – that is also without mentioning the fact that Odsonne Edouard, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew aren’t exactly the most dangerous forwards around.
Of course, there have been links to Flamengo wonderkid Matheus Franca and also Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, so at least it sounds as if those inside Selhurst Park are aware of the need for improvement in this area.
Be sure to keep an eye on the situation involving Zaha, as he could make a decision on his future this week.