Crystal Palace should sell Wilfried Zaha if they receive an offer of £30m for him, according to Danny Murphy. The Ivory Coast international has been one of Palace's standout performers this season and is catching the eye of title-chasing Tottenham, who had a bid rejected for the winger last summer.
Murphy, who endured a rather unsuccessful 18 months as a player at White Hart Lane, believes Zaha wants to leave Selhurst Park for pastures new and says Palace should sell him for the right price in the summer. The former Liverpool lynchpin does not think the departure of the 24-year-old would necessarily wound Sam Allardyce's men, and sees the former England manager as a 'fantastic asset' for the Eagles.
"I imagine Zaha wants to leave and I don't blame him for that," Murphy wrote in his column for The London Evening Standard. "There is no harm in wanting to play in Europe and better yourself. So if the fee is acceptable, both parties should wish each other goodbye and good luck. Do it the right way.
"If they get £30m for Zaha, it is a lot of money. Yes, he has had a fantastic season – but while six goals and nine assists in the Premier League are reasonable totals, they are not spectacular. Even without Zaha, Crystal Palace have a decent squad."
"Of course, it is always difficult for clubs like them to keep their best players if they are doing well but that is where [Sam] Allardyce comes in. He has a knack of being able to improve results, while keeping the squad happy. He's seen it all before and is a fantastic asset."
Tottenham have had a hard time with offensive signings recently. Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges Kevin-N'Koudou were all signed for substantial sums last summer, but the trio have so far failed to prove their worth in a Tottenham shirt and could all be moved on at the end of the season.
Despite the struggles of Janssen and co, Mauricio Pochettino has a number of exciting and productive attackers at his disposal at White Hart Lane. Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have all been in fine form for the north London outfit this season, but the signing of Zaha would provide Tottenham with that seering pace and unpredictability that the aformentioned trio lack.