Premier League side Crystal Palace have begun negotiation with reps of winger Wilfred Zaha for a new deal, Sky Sports reports.
The Ivorian scored seven goals in the league this term and he played a crucial role towards the end as the team sought to maintain their top flight status.
In recent transfer talks, Zaha was linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur to play under Mauricio Pochettino. Sky Sport report says both clubs discussed the possibility of a deal for the player but it did not end well.
He has been a key player under Sam Allardyce. He started his career at Palace before moving to Manchester United in 2013 for £15 million. The 24-year old barely started for United before he was shipped out on loan to Cardiff. He returned back to Palace before sealing a permanent deal in January 2015. He agreed to a five and a half year deal upon his return and he is not expected to exit anytime soon.
As Palace renew Zaha’s deal, the club has said it would not renew the deal for Chelsea striker Loic Remy. The Blues star struggled all through the season despite former coach Alan Pardew hailing his arrival last August.
Remy is set to return to Stamford Bridge where he would likely be sent on loan elsewhere or sold off, according to reports. Christian Benteke’s form worsened Remy’s case as he failed to get play time. Benteke was helpful in the final run as Palace fought to stay in the league after a scare.
Benteke was played as the lone striker with Zaha running wild in the wings. Fraizer Campbell came in on some occasions to help out.
Palace would seek a better finish next season with Big Sam at the helm of affairs, after he came in to save the club from the danger zone.