Crystal Palace transfer news: West Ham money could fund Dortmund move for Wilfried Zaha
West Ham paid £17.5million to make the Ukrainian international their fifth summer signing this week.
The fee is exactly the same as Dortmund paid for him a year ago and Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth believes it could now be invested in Palace star Zaha.
Zaha has four years left on his current contract but has attracted interest from Dortmund and Everton after some stunning displays to keep the Eagles up.
Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast: “Dortmund are interested in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha
“They are expected to follow the interest up after the deal to sell Yarmolenko has been finalised.
“They have a bit of money, you’d have to say, after selling Aubameyang to Arsenal in January. They got £60million for him and they got £17.5million for Yarmolenko.
“You’d have to think Palace will be very reluctant sellers. They love Zaha there, the chairman loves him.
“He signed a new contract at Palace there in May 2017, a five-year deal.”
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Michael Bridge claims Zaha made Palace into a ‘one-man team’ and he believes they will be desperate not to sell.
“Crystal Palace lost every single game when Wilfried Zaha was injured last season. That’s how key he is,” he said.
“It’s no insult to say in a way they were a one-man team. He came back from his injury and Palace went from near the bottom to midtable.
“He is absolutely crucial to them. I know it’s been a quiet summer so far for Palace but if they keep him it’d be a decent summer already.
“He signed a five-year deal last summer. Wilfried Zaha is not the kind of player to say ‘I want to go’ but he has really risen now.
“His time at Manchester United may have come a bit too early for him but he’s really knuckled down now. He’s such a key player for Crystal Palace.
“You’d imagine this summer Steve Parish will want to increase his contract and increase his wage because, quite frankly, he deserves it.
“When you play Crystal Palace he’s the one player you want to nullify.”