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Allardyce tells Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ & pay for Zaha

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Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to “messing around” and pay up the £80m Crystal Palace are asking for Wilfried Zaha.

Arsenal have been in hot pursuit of the highly-rated Zaha in the summer transfer window, but they’ve been reluctant to meet Palace’s asking price of £80m for their star player.

The Eagles are, understandably, hesitant to sell Zaha following the loss of another key man in Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United earlier this summer.

On the bright side, though, the £50m fee for Wan-Bissaka means Palace will be in no rush to sell Zaha.

But Allardyce, who briefly managed Palace in the 2016/17 campaign, reckons Arsenal can sign the Ivory Coast international once they’ve accepted that £80m is a fair asking price.

“Pay the money. Time’s running out and the window is going to shut,” he told talkSPORT.

“If Manchester United are having to pay £90m for a centre-half, which is what they’ve been quoted for [Harry] Maguire, then this £70/80m price tag being put on Zaha is well worth it in light of the market we’re operating in today.

“Wilfried is proven at this level and he’d be a massive success at Arsenal. He’s ready, but Arsenal need to stop messing around like they are the minute.”

Zaha only played under Allardyce 18 times during the coach’s brief reign in charge at Selhurst Park.

And the former England boss is convinced the 26-year-old is ready for another stint at a top club following his disastrous time at Manchester United four years ago.

“Wilfried is in his prime – there are not too many players like him about,” continued Allardyce.

“Steve [Parish] won’t like me saying this, because I’ve got a lot of respect for the man and for what he’s done for Crystal Palace, but if Wilf doesn’t leave very shortly then he never will.

“He’s ready now to move on now, so Arsenal just need to get the deal done.”

Zaha has reportedly handed in a transfer request to force through an Arsenal transfer this summer.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 21: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce speak during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on May 21, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)