Wilfried Zaha has been warned not to move to Newcastle United for money by former defender Peter Ramage.
After their proposed Saudi takeover, the Crystal Palace star is linked to a lucrative move to Newcastle, but the former Magpies and Eagles defender (Ramage) claims it “would not be a good move for him.”
“It will be bittersweet. I think Wilf is now at a moment in his career where if he has aspirations to get to that next level in his career, with all due respect to Palace, he is going to leave,” Peter Ramage said, speaking on the Back of The Nest podcast. “Newcastle wouldn’t be a good choice for him in that way, and clearly if he came to Newcastle it would be more the financial factor than anything else, but we’re only talking hypothetically here.”
The Crystal Palace star is thus linked to a lucrative move to St James’ Park following Saudi’s planned purchase of £300million.
The Ivory Coast forward is signed at Selhurst Park until 2023 but has also been linked in past transfer windows to a range of ‘big six’ clubs.
And Ramage, who came through the ranks with Newcastle and later played for Palace, claims that Zaha will be better off joining a top club than going in a money-motivated move to the Magpies.
“Clearly everybody at Palace would love [him] to stay and the club would create a squad around him to get into those Premier League top ranks,” Ramage said.
However, he believes it is Palace’s time to cash in on a player who first joined them at the age of 12.
While he suggests that the move will also help Zaha, he warns him to pick his next club carefully:
“I have even seen him linked with the top clubs in Europe and he is coming up to 28 now, and the longer he waits, the less of an opportunity he will get.
“But from Wilf’s point of view, will that be realistic? Probably not.'”