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Wilfried Zaha suing his agent over failed transfer

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha is taking legal action against his agent Will Salthouse over failing to secure a transfer away from the club last summer.

The issue centres around the fact that as well as representing Zaha, Salthouse also has a close relationship with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish, thereby compromising any potential transfer dealings with the club.

Zaha claims to have contacted Salthouse about leaving Unique Sports Management (USM), as well as speaking with IPS Law – a firm based in Manchester – about representing him in a case against USM. That case will be decided at a private arbitration hearing.

Under FA Rule K, any dispute between a player and intermediary will be resolved by an independent panel. There is also a possibility that both parties agree to a financial settlement before the tribunal is formed.

USM represent a number of professional footballers, including four other Crystal Palace squad members – Andros Townsend, Jordan Ayew, Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheikhou Kouyaté – as well as Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who left Crystal Palace in the summer in a £45 million deal.

While Parish and Salthouse have worked with each other for a number of years in contract negotiations and transfer deals with various Palace players, they were also both part owners – along with Brighton striker Glenn Murray and Swansea midfielder Wayne Routledge (both former Palace players) – of Dirtybird Restaurants Limited, a chain of chicken shops that went into administration in August of this year.

Zaha’s deal with USM runs until next summer and the company plans to hold him to his contract. Should he get his desired move away within the next two transfer windows, USM will still be entitled to any commission from a deal, as originally agreed in his contract.

Salthouse has represented Zaha for seven years, orchestrating his move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United in 2013, as well as his return a year later.

Last month the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a new deal with the club, worth around £130,000 for the next five years. It comes after a summer in which Zaha expected to leave Selhurst Park, with Everton and Arsenal both interested, and handed in an official transfer request. The Merseyside club even had a £52 million deal rejected by Parish, still some way off Palace’s estimated £80 million valuation.

Zaha told BBC Africa: "I've got to prove every time that I'm the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.

Comments

  • Makes no sense, he is sueing because he didnt get a move but happily signed a new contract
  • The reality is he's overrated, and the clubs he would've wanted to go to...probably had little interest in him.
  • Makes no sense, he is sueing because he didnt get a move but happily signed a new contract
    yes it does, he'll be getting an extra 20/30k a week until he gets his move away. signing a new contract doesn't mean he wants to stay if anything he'll be using it as a reason to sue "I had to sign a new contract to make up some of the money i missed out on when he didn't get me a move, i'm still down on what i could be earning"
  • he tweeted that its nonsense
  • I hope they both lose millions of pounds fighting it out in court .
  • Just shows you dont need an agent. If you represent yourself then you no-one to blame but yourself. 
     
  • Absolutely dreadful article.

    So we're supposed to believe he's suing his agent for failing to secure him a new transfer, but the article then clearly states that the only bid was from Everton for 52m which was way below Palace's valuation.

    The very same agent then secured him a new increased contract!
  • Who'd want to be an agent huh!?  Dealing with numpties like this
  • It's a load of bollocks.

    Zaha interests were being looked after by his brother.
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  • The Mail Online makes it up shocker . 
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  • He's got how many kids?
  • How about a "dive off"?
  • No player in England needs an agent. The PFA provide a free service for any contract negotiations, so players are essentially paying way over the odds to have someone destabilise them on a regular basis
  • Kind of wish it was true. Really dislike the diving, cheating tw**. 
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