Arsenal confident of signing Wilfried Zaha

Arsenal confident of luring Palace starlet Zaha ahead of 9m January bid

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07:15 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsenal are growing increasingly confident they have won the race to land Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

The 20-year-old England international is a prime target for Arsene Wenger and the club will make a starting 9million offer next month.

Wanted: Wilfried Zaha (centre) has attracted the interest of several top clubs

Wanted: Wilfried Zaha (centre) has attracted the interest of several top clubs

And the Gunners believe they are in pole position to land the Ivory Coast-born forward.

Zaha – who is an Arsenal fan – is understood to have made the Emirates Stadium his first-choice.

In the market: Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his ailing squad

In the market: Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his ailing squad

Arsenal are still to conclude a deal with Palace, but the club will open formal discussions soon.

Zaha is also a target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle.