Date: 26th May 2021 at 3:51pm
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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly stepping up their search for a new manager, with former Everton and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez emerging as a frontrunner for the role in recent days. 

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with a sensational return to North London, just months after being appointed as Paris Saint Germain boss.

Despite the club being yet to appoint a permanent manager to take over from the interim Ryan Mason, it appears that Spurs are chasing a Premier League star to bolster their options and potentially attract high profile managers to the job.

According to Goal, Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha is a prime target for both Spurs and Everton, with both clubs prepared to pay as much as £40 million for the winger.

Zaha could follow Roy Hodgson out of Palace this summer.

Zaha has been heavily linked with a departure from Palace since returning to the club from Manchester United in 2015, and it appears that a move could be closer than ever ahead of a hectic summer at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles are also without a manager after the departure of Roy Hodgson and, with 15 senior players’ contracts set to expire next month, it could be a real season of transition in the coming months.

Palace will be desperate to keep hold of talisman Zaha, however Spurs may have to deal with the potential departure of Harry Kane and could therefore find themselves desperate to sign an attacker.

Palace rejected an offer in excess of £70 million for Zaha from Everton in 2019, but it is believed that he could be purchased for a much lower price now, with his current deal due to expire in two years time and signing an extension almost out of the question.

Spurs will lose loanee Gareth Bale this summer as the Welshman returns to Real Madrid and, if Kane were to depart too, they would be very short of attacking options.

Zaha could therefore represent great value for money if a deal can be agreed, however Palace will undoubtedly be reluctant to sell their prized asset.

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