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Sir Alex Ferguson sets to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

Fergie set to beat rivals with lease deal for Palace star Zaha

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

Manchester United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson could land 10million Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20,
in January by letting him spend the rest of the season on loan at
Selhurst Park.

Palace are willing to listen to
offers for Zaha right away if they do not disrupt the club's campaign
for promotion to the Premier League.

Target: Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace

Target: Wilfried Zaha in action for Crystal Palace

United agreed a similar deal in 2010 when they bought 8m defender Chris Smalling from Fulham and then let him see out the rest of the season at Craven Cottage before moving to Old Trafford.

United, Arsenal and Spurs are all closely monitoring the player who is a firm favourite of England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce.

Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal transfer: Ian Holloway blasts Arsene Wenger

EXCLUSIVE: Why is Wenger talking about Zaha Palace boss Holloway with fierce
'hands off' warning

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for acknowledging an interest in Wilfried Zaha and warned other January suitors off his prized asset.

Zaha has been centre of attention this November, a month in which he turned 20 and also made his England debut as a substitute against Sweden, and Wenger is one of a number of Barclays Premier League managers monitoring his exploits in the npower Championship.

When asked specifically about his interest in the 20million-rated winger on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: 'We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.'

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

While the Arsenal manager didn't mention his name, it was widely received at the time that he was declaring his interest in Zaha.

Crystal Palace manager Holloway, who was due to sit down with the Selhurst Park hierarchy today to discuss their own transfer window strategy, retorted: 'Why is he talking about my players I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect.

'I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.'

Holloway, who is less than a month into his tenure with the south London club, expects Zaha to spend some of his current five-year deal representing Palace in the Premier League.

But should that dream not materialise, the former Blackpool manager has already proposed his next destination.

'I have told Wilf what I would do if I was him, and we have got such a strong contract they can go and whistle to be honest,' Holloway added, of clubs preparing to make bids.

'I have just walked in on this, it wasn't my party, but I have to have some sort of say in it.

'I think the boy is learning, and learning in our first team. He has been here since he was 12, and the chairman has a grip of what he wants to do.

'At the end of the day I just want the best for the boy and I can guarantee he will get that: I know where I want him to go if he doesn't play for us in the Premier League next year, and I have already told him.

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

'But at the minute he probably will not be available no matter what the price is in January.

'I have been delighted with my few weeks here and at the end of the day Wilfried is a big part of this season.'

Palace are well placed to return to the top-flight and their position would have been enhanced further when Zaha released the manacles imposed on him by fellow promotion chasers Hull on Tuesday night only to be denied what would have been his fifth league goal of the season, and a last-minute winner, by home goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

A dozen minutes earlier, he had been clattered to the turf via a robust challenge from Hull's on-loan Manchester United midfielder Robbie Brady.

As displayed by the peerless Lionel Messi, however, to dust down and carry on is the best policy, according to Holloway.

'He gets kicked all over the place but that's what he has got to get used to. He's got to stop gesticulating and get up like Messi does, and in the meantime the more he does things like he did in those last couple of seconds of the match, the more people will be chasing if he becomes available,' Holloway said.

'What he has to learn to do – the more famous he becomes, the more people will talk about him – is to produce.

'I have got no doubts that he will. I just have to make sure that he looks right to those sitting in the stand. If he gesticulates to the referee then those people watching might be put off. You just have to get up like Messi, get on with it and do it again.'

Ian Holloway blasts Arsene Wenger over Wilfried Zaha – EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE: Why is Wenger talking about Zaha Palace boss Holloway with fierce
'hands off' warning

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for acknowledging an interest in Wilfried Zaha and warned other January suitors off his prized asset.

Zaha has been centre of attention this November, a month in which he turned 20 and also made his England debut as a substitute against Sweden, and Wenger is one of a number of Barclays Premier League managers monitoring his exploits in the npower Championship.

When asked specifically about his interest in the 20million-rated winger on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: 'We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.'

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

While the Arsenal manager didn't mention his name, it was widely received at the time that he was declaring his interest in Zaha.

Crystal Palace manager Holloway, who was due to sit down with the Selhurst Park hierarchy today to discuss their own transfer window strategy, retorted: 'Why is he talking about my players I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect.

'I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.'

Holloway, who is less than a month into his tenure with the south London club, expects Zaha to spend some of his current five-year deal representing Palace in the Premier League.

But should that dream not materialise, the former Blackpool manager has already proposed his next destination.

'I have told Wilf what I would do if I was him, and we have got such a strong contract they can go and whistle to be honest,' Holloway added, of clubs preparing to make bids.

'I have just walked in on this, it wasn't my party, but I have to have some sort of say in it.

'I think the boy is learning, and learning in our first team. He has been here since he was 12, and the chairman has a grip of what he wants to do.

'At the end of the day I just want the best for the boy and I can guarantee he will get that: I know where I want him to go if he doesn't play for us in the Premier League next year, and I have already told him.

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

'But at the minute he probably will not be available no matter what the price is in January.

'I have been delighted with my few weeks here and at the end of the day Wilfried is a big part of this season.'

Palace are well placed to return to the top-flight and their position would have been enhanced further when Zaha released the manacles imposed on him by fellow promotion chasers Hull on Tuesday night only to be denied what would have been his fifth league goal of the season, and a last-minute winner, by home goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

A dozen minutes earlier, he had been clattered to the turf via a robust challenge from Hull's on-loan Manchester United midfielder Robbie Brady.

As displayed by the peerless Lionel Messi, however, to dust down and carry on is the best policy, according to Holloway.

'He gets kicked all over the place but that's what he has got to get used to. He's got to stop gesticulating and get up like Messi does, and in the meantime the more he does things like he did in those last couple of seconds of the match, the more people will be chasing if he becomes available,' Holloway said.

'What he has to learn to do – the more famous he becomes, the more people will talk about him – is to produce.

'I have got no doubts that he will. I just have to make sure that he looks right to those sitting in the stand. If he gesticulates to the referee then those people watching might be put off. You just have to get up like Messi, get on with it and do it again.'

Wilfried Zaha wanted by Arsenal, confirms Arsene Wenger

Get Zaha! Wenger confirms Arsenal interest in signing 20m-rated Crystal Palace and England winger in January

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 27 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed the Gunners’ intention to sign the England international on October 8.

Former assistant manager Pat Rice – who still works for the club – and chief scout Steve Rowley have both watched the 20million forward in recent weeks and reported back to Wenger with glowing reviews.

Wonderkid: Zaha has been outstanding for Crystal Palace this season

Wonderkid: Zaha has been outstanding for Crystal Palace this season

Arsenal will make a starting offer of 9million when the transfer window reopens in January, but Eagles chairman Steve Parish will not let his prized-asset leave without a fight.

When asked specifically about his interest in Zaha on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: ‘We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.’

Liverpool, Manchester City and
Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on Zaha, who made his
England debut against Sweden earlier this month.

The
20-year-old made his Palace debut as a 17-year-old back in May 2010 and
has gone on to make 112 appearances for the Selhurst Park outfit,
scoring 14 goals.

Meanwhile, Wenger feels Arsenal must build their future around young British players like Jack Wilshere.

Debut: Zaha came off the bench for England against Sweden

Debut: Zaha came off the bench for England against Sweden

The 20-year-old has just returned from a long injury lay-off and is understood to be in preliminary negotiations over a contract extension.

Wenger believes along with fellow England internationals Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere – who has been at the club since the age of nine – can become the heartbeat of the team.

'He has two-and-a-half years left – that's quite a long time. We have built a team [where] we have a lot of young English players, or British players like Gibbs, Chamberlain, Wilshere. We still have the case of [Theo] Walcott, Aaron Ramsey. You want them all on long-term contracts,' Wenger said.

Last summer, then captain Robin van Persie did not agree a new contract, eventually signing for Manchester United in a 24million deal.

Walcott, meanwhile, has yet to commit himself past the end of the season, with Wenger revealing 'unfortunately, I cannot give you any news' on the player's future at Arsenal's pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip to Everton.

Unresolved: Walcott's future has yet to be decided

Unresolved: Walcott's future has yet to be decided

Wenger, however, is confident when the time comes, Wilshere – touted as a future club captain – will sign on the dotted line.

'Jack has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that. There is only one way to show it and that is to commit your long-term future to the club,' the Arsenal boss said.

Arsenal are now benefiting from their home-grown recruitment policy, which Wenger feels will make a strong bond between the developing players and their club.

'If the quality is local, it is of course even better because it gives you more guarantee of stability because the players who are English who play for Arsenal are more likely to stay for a longer term than foreign players, but we look first at quality, that is the most important,' he added.

Wilfried Zaha – what can England expect?

You've heard all about Zaha, but what can we expect from the Palace wonderkid

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UPDATED:

08:36 GMT, 14 November 2012

Wilfried Zaha has earned a shock call-up to the England squad for tonight's friendly in Sweden but can the Crystal Palace winger really live up the hype

So is this kid the real deal

It certainly looks that way. He's got everything in the locker to become an England regular for the next 10 years.

He's been scaring Championship full-backs half to death with his direct running this season and has got more tricks than a magician can shake his wand at. Pace, power and technique is a deadly combination.

Three Lions: Wilfried Zaha (centre) trains ahead of England's friendly

Three Lions: Wilfried Zaha (centre) trains ahead of England's friendly

Didn't we hear quite a lot about Zaha last season

You did during the opening weeks of the campaign. His performances under Dougie Freedman had Premier League scouts flocking to Selhurst Park. But his form waned during the closing months of the season, coinciding with Palace's alarming dip.

So does he have problems with consistency

That was certainly a criticism that could have been levelled at him last season, but definitely not this campaign. His performances for Palace this term have, so far, been breathtaking. Question is: can he maintain it until May

Making his name: Zaha has been in scintillating form for Crystal Palace

Making his name: Zaha has been in scintillating form for Crystal Palace

Sounds like a bit of a show pony

Maybe last year, but there is an end product with Zaha now. He will always be able to speed past defenders with his blistering pace, but he has added substance to his talent over the opening four months of the season. Getting on the scoresheet is still be a problem, scoring just four times this season. But his delivery from wide has improved markedly, as his ability to pick out an early pass.

Would playing him centrally help his shortage of goals

Possibly, and maybe one day he will become a centre-forward. But at the moment he is best suited to his current position down the Palace flanks. He has the ability to cut in from either left or right wing to make penetrative runs into the heart of the opposition back-four. And once in the box, he's a defender's worst nightmare. Penalty!

Fans' favourite: Zaha has endeared himself the Selhurst Park crowd

Fans' favourite: Zaha has endeared himself the Selhurst Park crowd

So is he worth 20million

Honestly…no He is 20-years-old, with what amounts to one good season under his belt. But if he continues to develop the way he has this season then he will become a superstar.

Why aren't the big club's lining up to take him then

They are! Arsenal WILL make a starting offer of 9million to Palace once the transfer window reopens in January.

That will not be enough to persuade the Eagles to part with their prized-asset, but a bid of around 15million will give chairman Steve Parish a real decision to make. Liverpool and Manchester United have also made regular checks on Zaha's progress.

Ian Holloway heading towards Crystal Palace

Family ties edging Tangerines boss Holloway towards Palace

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 2 November 2012

Blackpool will struggle to hang on to Ian Holloway after it emerged that family commitments are driving him towards the vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Singled out by Palace as the man they wanted from the moment Dougie Freedman left to take over at Bolton, the Selhurst Park board finally made an official approach for the Blackpool manager on Thursday night, as revealed by Sportsmail.

Holloway met Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, and it is understood he outlined the emotional background to his wish to succeed Freedman.

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

His three daughters were all born
profoundly deaf and all now work in London, 240 miles away. Though he
has been fully committed to launching another promotion campaign at
Bloomfield Road, the chance to live and work close to Harriet and twins
Chloe and Eve is one he is keen to take.

Palace are aware of a 400,000
compensation clause in Holloway’s Blackpool contract and seem prepared
to pay it to make a swift appointment and minimise disruption, following
an encouraging start to their season.

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Ian Holloway set for Crystal Palace move from Blackpool

EXCLUSIVE: Holloway ready to walk out on Blackpool and take charge of Palace

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UPDATED:

13:38 GMT, 2 November 2012

Blackpool will struggle to hang on to Ian Holloway after it emerged that family ties are driving him towards the managerial vacancy at Crystal Palace.

Singled out by Palace as the man they wanted, from the moment Dougie Freedman left to take over at Bolton, the Selhurst Park board finally made an official approach for the Blackpool manager on Thursday night, as revealed in Sportsmail.

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

Incoming: Crystal Palace have made an official approach for Blackpool's Ian Holloway

Football League blog

Holloway was locked in talks with
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, and it is understood he outlined the
emotional background to his wish to succeed Freedman at Palace.

His three daughters were all born
profoundly deaf and all now work in London, 240 miles away.

Though he
has been fully committed to launching another promotion campaign at
Bloomfield Road, the chance to live and work close by twins Chloe and
Eve and Harriet is one he is keen to take.

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Replacement: Old Eagles boss Dougie Freedman left for Bolton Wanderers

Palace are aware of a 400,000
compensation clause in Holloway’s Blackpool contract and seem prepared
to pay it to make a swift appointment and minimise disruption, following
an encouraging start to their Championship campaign.

They are awaiting the conclusion of
talks between Holloway and Oyston and hoping for a positive outcome that
would then allow Palace coach Curtis Fleming to follow Lennie Lawrence
to Bolton.

Charlton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Match report

Charlton 0 Crystal Palace 1: Derby delight for Dikgacoi as his goal secures back to back wins for Eagles

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UPDATED:

20:52 GMT, 14 September 2012

Kagisho Dikgacoi's second-half strike settled the south London derby as Crystal Palace beat Charlton in the league at The Valley for the first time since 1968.

The South African midfielder lashed home a superb finish as rejuvenated Palace made it back-to-back wins – having previously lost their opening three matches.

They also leapfrogged their newly-promoted neighbours, who have now lost two on the bounce, in the npower Championship table.

Derby delight: Kagisho Dikgacoi scores the winner for Palace

Derby delight: Kagisho Dikgacoi scores the winner for Palace

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Wiggins (Wilson 22), Pritchard (Green 77), Stephens, Hollands, Jackson (Fuller 58), Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant.

Subs Not Used: Button, Kerkar, Smith, Dervite.

Booked: Stephens, Wilson.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie (Williams 74), Zaha (Ward 90), Murray (Wilbraham 87).

Subs Not Used: Price, Goodwillie, Moxey, Moritz.

Booked: Jedinak, Bolasie, Murray.

Goals: Dikgacoi 51.

Attendance: 21,730

Referee: Tony Bates

Charlton will feel hard done by, though, not least because Bradley
Wright-Phillips had what looked a perfectly good goal ruled out for
offside.

They also had chances following Dikgacoi's decisive strike just after
half-time, but Palace held on to take the points the short journey back
to Selhurst Park.

Palace could have been two up in the opening 10 minutes with Wilfried Zaha tormenting Charlton's defence early on.

Twice the teenage winger's strength, pace and skill took him to the byline but Dikgacoi blazed his first cross over.

Moments later another powerful, weaving run and cross found Glenn
Murray, whose effort was blocked by Addicks keeper Ben Hamer and Leon
Cort hacked Owen Garvan's follow-up off the line.

But Charlton were denied an opening goal on the half-hour when Cort nodded Lawrie Wilson's free-kick to Wright-Phillips.

The striker, watched by father and Palace legend Ian Wright in the
stands, appeared to be onside as he buried a header past Julian Speroni,
but the linesman's flag cut his celebrations short.

The hosts were well on top as the first half came to a close with
Yann Kermorgant heading Johnnie Jackson's cross wide and Dale Stephens,
who saw a deadline-day move to Aston Villa fall through, driving
narrowly over.

But it was Palace who took the lead five minutes after the interval when Charlton failed to deal with Garvan's corner.

Damien Delaney was unmarked as he headed the ball back to Dikgacoi,
and the former Fulham midfielder also had the freedom of the Charlton
penalty area as he crashed the ball past Hamer from 12 yards.

The hosts, trying to protect an unbeaten home record stretching back
to March, blew a fine opportunity to level after 71 minutes when Cort
nodded another Wilson free-kick downwards but Danny Hollands scuffed
wide from in front of goal.

In four dramatic minutes of stoppage time substitute Ricardo Fuller,
recently signed from Stoke, almost made himself an instant hero with the
Valley faithful but his deflected effort was tipped on to the bar by
Speroni.

And from the corner Garvan cleared a header from Addicks keeper Hamer off the line to secure the points.

Nathaniel Clyne will be sold, admit Crystal Palace

Palace playing 'cat and mouse' with Premier League suitors over sale of kid Clyne

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 11 July 2012

Crystal Palace have admitted they cannot keep hold of Nathaniel Clyne and are ready to do a deal with a Premier League side.

The England Under 21 right-back has admirers at Manchester United, Newcastle, Reading, Fulham and West Ham but as yet no-one has snapped him up.

Clyne is out of contract at Selhurst Park but Palace would compensation at a tribunal if he departs due to his age.

Flying Eagle: Nathaniel Clyne (right) is bound for the Premier League

Flying Eagle: Nathaniel Clyne (right) is bound for the Premier League

Bright future: Clyne is an England U21 defender

Bright future: Clyne is an England U21 defender

But Palace chairman Steve Parish said that clubs are being put off by the prospect of a tribunal, where Palace would hope to command a fee of up to 5million.

Top-flight clubs value Clyne at closer to 2m, meaning Palace are having to play 'cat and mouse' to secure a deal away from a tribunal.

Parish said: 'We need to do a deal with Clyne.

'There is a bit of action in the background and we know there is a lot of interest.

'It is just about sorting out who it is best to go to and who will put the right money on the table. We’re all working to get an outcome.

'Clubs don’t want to go down the tribunal route. It is a game of cat and mouse on the fee — we’ve just got to let that play out.'

Sunderland want Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace

Sunderland boss O'Neill targets summer move for Palace teenager Zaha

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UPDATED:

08:37 GMT, 17 May 2012

Target: Sunderland are keen on Wilfried Zaha

Target: Sunderland are keen on Wilfried Zaha

Sunderland are ready to join the race to sign in-demand Crystal Palace winger Wilfired Zaha this summer.

The talented England Under-21 international has attracted attention from a host of suitors in the top flight and abroad, withe German club Hoffenheim among those interested.

And Martin O'Neill is the latest manager to emerge as a potential bidder for the 19-year-old Selhurst Park starlet.

The Northern Irishman is not wasting any time with plans to rebuild his squad this summer, following a disappointing end to the season when positive results tailed off.

Having been impressed with the impact of winger James McLean since introducing him to the first-team after replacing Steve Bruce at the helm last term, O'Neill wants to add more pace to his side.

Teenager Zaha fits the bill for the Stadium of Light boss, who is also keen to recruit relegated Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.