Allardyce says Sakho deal must make financial sense for Palace

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Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that talks with Wilfried Zaha over a new deal are under way, but admits that he is now "expecting a lot more" from the winger.

"That wouldn't have happened overseas".

"You have to accept the way it is and I hope the fans at Old Trafford on Sunday, they support the team, they forgive some naivety, they forgive some lack of confidence".

Zaha has thus far scored seven goals and provided 11 assists in 34 Premier League games this season and his impressive performances have also attracted the interest of Arsenal and Manchester City. He was brought up here and is flourishing here.

"And of course with a bigger contract there's a bigger responsibility, so when he gets the bigger contract I'd be expecting a lot more than I'm already getting, which is saying something as I'm getting an bad lot now".

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Allardyce was asked at the news conference about summer transfers and if Palace will be able to afford to buy Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool.

"It's in negotiation", he said. We're not going to influence anything one way or the other in terms of results for ourselves, and it would have been a good gesture by the Premier League to have done it to give them the best chance'. They are also aware of the fondness the winger has for the club, as alluded to by Allardyce, and the role that could play in keeping the Ivory Coast worldwide in south London.

"The pair of them liked it down in the capital and I don't see why they wouldn't move back down south if the wages were right". It'll be the usual market it always is.

Spurs are most likely focusing their attention on CB, CM, and wide attacking midfielders this summer as they try and improve the squad for another run at the Champions League next season and another possible title challenge.

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