Arsenal, Liverpool frustrated in race to sign Championship star
The London Evening Standard claim new Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway was reassured that young prospect Wilfried Zaha will not be leaving the club – even if the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool offer £20m.
Zaha helped Palace move up to third in the Championship following a 2-0 over Blackburn and the club’s co-chairman, Steve Parish, insisted they would even snub a big offer from a Premier League club.
The 19-year-old has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City in recent times but Parish identified the future of the academy product would have been high on Holloway’s agenda.
“If someone came in with £20m to spend then it would be very difficult to turn down but we might still say no,” said Parish.
“Wilfried is our talisman, the best player in this league. My plan for January is to turn my phone off and go into hibernation. Then I won’t be able to listen to any offers and we will come out of the month intact.”
Parish then revealed that Holloway could have cash to splash come January, should the club still be in the promotion mix.
“As for money to spend, Ian isn’t throwing names at me. He has a great group of players here. He will tweak the squad and make it better.
“We will see where we are in January but it may well be that he wants to push on further and we will work together on that.”