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All the factz you need on Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

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The early kick-off in the Premier League today – postponed from midweek – is Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur. Both sides need a win – Palace in their bid to avoid relegation and Spurs to finish in a Champions League spot. The match kicks off at midday and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Spurs won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Wembley earlier in the season.
* Palace are winless in 4 matches.
* Spurs have lost just one of their last 13 league matches, and that was to Manchester City.
* The Eagles have lost just one of their last 10 home matches (4 wins).
* Harry Kane has scored 19 goals in his last 14 away matches, including 3 hat-tricks.

Tottenham target Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha in summer swoop

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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to make another bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the summer, having been rebuffed twice in January.

Spurs retain their interest in Zaha despite signing Lucas Moura from Paris St-Germain for £25 million in January.

However, Spurs are likely to face competition for his signature from London rivals Chelsea and Premier League leaders Manchester City – both of which have made enquiries about the Ivory Coast international, according to The Mirror.

Zaha, 25, has recaptured his best form this season for the Eagles, having returned to the club in 2015 after two unsuccessful years at Manchester United.

It is thought he would cost in excess of £50 million, although he has a contract at Crystal Palace that runs until 2022, and the Eagles have indicated that they will try to keep hold of their star player.

But this could be largely determined by what happens in the final 11 games of the Premier League season. Palace are only one point above the relegation zone – and should they get relegated it is highly likely Zaha would be sold.

Zaha himself is currently out injured with a knee problem, but is stepping up his rehab in the gym and hopes to return before April.

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea consider move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderwiereld

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Leading European clubs are keeping close tabs on Toby Alderweireld and his ongoing contract negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur, with the possibility the player could be available in the summer.

Alderweireld has more than a year left on his current deal, but clubs were alerted to possible disharmony in the Spurs camp when the Belgian defender was left out of the matchday squad for the derby against Arsenal last weekend and the Champions League clash with Juventus. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says his absence was so he could work on his fitness, having only just returned from a 3-month injury lay-off. However, the player had declared himself fit and available for both matches.

The player is currently in contract negotiations, and will likely want to become one of Spurs’ top earners with a weekly wage in excess of £150,000. However, negotiations on a new deal have stalled. While Alderweireld has a contract to 2019, with an option to extend to 2020, that contract also has a £25 million release clause that could be activated at the end of next season. With this in mind, Spurs may try to sell him this summer to get a bigger fee.

Real Madrid are thought to be planning a major revamp of the squad in the summer, and Alderweireld, as one of the best defenders in Europe, is understandably on their radar.

Manchester United are also thought to be planning to remodel their defence in the summer, and Alderweireld would arguably be an upgrade on current defenders such as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City would also likely be interested and have the spending power to tempt Spurs.

That said, Spurs’ chief executive Daniel Levy will not want to see one of his stars leave and will no doubt work hard to tie Alderweireld to a new long-term deal.

All the factz you need on the Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal derby

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The early kick off in the Premier League today sees Tottenham Hotspur take on Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in the second North London derby of the season. The match kicks off at 12.30 pm and is live on BT Sport 1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Arsenal beat Spurs earlier in the season – their first victory in 7 attempts in this fixture.
* Spurs have turned Wembley into a fortress, winning 8 of their last 10 there.
* However, Arsenal’s away form is poor – just 3 wins in 13 matches and 6 defeats.
* Harry Kane has 6 goals in 6 matches against Arsenal.
* The Gooners haven’t kept a clean sheet in 8 matches – a run stretching back to December.

Tottenham Hotspur close in on deal for PSG winger Lucas Moura

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Tottenham Hotspur are confident of securing a £21.9 million deal for Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian winger Lucas Moura.

Reports in France say that Moura, 25, is in London and could sign a 4-year contract with Spurs.

Moura joined PSG in 2013 in a euro40 million deal from São Paulo. Since then he has made 152 Ligue Un appearances for PSG, scoring 33 goals. He also has 36 cap for Brazil.

However, Moura has fallen out of favour with manager Unai Emery, making just 5 appearances this term.

Other clubs are interested in Moura, including Sevilla and Valencia in Spain, Napoli in Italy and Borussia Dortmund in Germany. However, it is thought that Spurs are leading the race to sign him, with the player favouring a move to the Premier League.

Spurs have also been chasing Bordeaux winger Malcom this month, but officials at the French club are refusing to budge from their £45 million valuation for the 20-year-old and insisting he won’t leave the club this month.