Palace set to reject United's 8m bid for Zaha as race to sign winger hots up
09:36 GMT, 31 December 2012
Crystal Palace will reject Manchester United's opening offer of 8million for star winger Wilfried Zaha.
The 20-year-old is keen to move to the Premier League in January with United and Arsenal involved in a straight fight for his signature.
Palace chairman Steve Parish insists Zaha will not leave for less than 20m but it is believed a bid of half that will test the Championship club's stance.
In demand: Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United
Arsenal-supporting Zaha told Sportsmail that he is ready to make the step up to the top flight.
‘I’m not a teenager any more,’ he said. ‘I’ve played more than 100 first-team games and this year
is crucial to develop my football career. I want to establish myself in
the Premier League and in international football.
played a lot in the Championship so having that new challenge in the
Premier League, where everyone wants to be, would be great. To be
honest, if I had the chance in January and Palace agreed, it’s something
I’d want to go for.’
Main man: Zaha's form for Crystal Palace earned him an England cap
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to add to his squad in the transfer window, particularly after United ruled out selling Nani to their rivals.
But Palace manager Ian Holloway insists Zaha should concentrate on improving his form for his current club, rather than setting his sights on a move.
'Playing for England. So
what It’s four minutes,' he said. 'I don’t want to sound funny but I’m more
concerned about us working with him and getting him playing how he was a
couple of weeks ago. That’s all I worry about.’