Crystal Palace to make Wilfred Zaha highest earner to ward off interest from Liverpool and Manchester City

Crystal Palace are looking to increase star forward Wilfred Zaha’s wages in a bid to keep him at the club and ward off interest from clubs inside the Premier League’s top four.

Since he returned to Crystal Palace in 2014 in a deal believed to be worth around £3 million, Wilfred Zaha has made a name for himself in England and his form over the last two seasons has seen interest spike from clubs inside the top four.

Liverpool and Tottenham have long since been linked with a move for the Ivory Coast winger but after signing a five-year contract last year and Roy Hodgson looking to get Zaha to commit again by offering an increased wage, it looks as though the 25-year-old is set to stay at the London club.

The Mirror reports that with his current contract worth around £100,000 per week, any improved deal would see him become the club’s highest earner ahead of former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke.

Benteke is reportedly on £120,000 a week and given that he scored 3 goals in the Premier League from 31 appearances, it would come as no surprise that Hodgson wants to tie down Zaha, who scored 9 goals and provided 5 assists for teammates.

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There have been plenty of reports recently linking Zaha with a move to league champions Manchester City, with Riyad Mahrez another tipped for a move to join Pep Guardiola.

Despite all the speculation, Zaha insisted that he wants to stay at Palace.

Zaha said: “I have no plans on leaving. I’m enjoying my football, you can see how much I’m enjoying it. This is my home and there’s no reason for me to leave.”

While Liverpool have been linked with other high profile names recently, with Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic rumoured to be on the Reds’ radar, it would appear that Zaha is set for another season with Crystal Palace.

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