Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino Hints at Major January Signing

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Richard Heathcote/Getty

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has signified interest in signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the January transfer window.

Zaha, 24, has been one of Palace's few bright spots during a difficult season for the south London club, which sacked manager Alan Pardew on December 23. Pardew was replaced by Sam Allardyce, the former England manager.

Pochettino, meanwhile, has a problem on Tottenham's right wing, where record summer signing Moussa Sissoko has failed to pin down a starting place.

"I don't want to speak about a player at another club. That was another rumor," Pochettino said of a statement made by Palace chairman Steve Parish in August, that Spurs had had a summer bid rejected for Zaha. "But I like good players and he is a good player. But I don't like to start focusing on some names. Then you start a rumor."

Palace drew 1-1 with Watford in the early game on Boxing Day at Vicarage Road. Tottenham plays Southampton on Wednesday at St Mary's on the English south coast.