talkSPORT shines our transfer spotlight on Crystal Palace's teenage sensation Wilfried Zaha, a forward with a host of Premier League clubs jostling for his signature…
Name: Wilfried Zaha
Date of birth: 10/11/1992
Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Club: Crystal Palace
International: Two England Under-19 caps
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Zaha signed a new five-year contract in December 2011, but this has been seen as more of an insurance policy as Palace look to be paid the highest possible fee. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are ready to offer £10m for the 19-year-old, though Newcastle, Tottenham and Man City are thought to be admirers. His club, however, are hoping a push for the Championship play-offs and a potential Wembley appearance in the League Cup final in February will convince him to stay in London this January.
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1) Legendary Newcastle striker Peter Beardsley, now a scout for the Geordie side, made a 600-mile round trip to London to watch Zaha in action against Birmingham last month, only to discover he was suspended.
2) Zaha is just the latest prospect to come out of Crystal Palace's highly-rated academy. Many clubs are keeping tabs on team-mate Nathaniel Clyne, while former Eagles player, Victor Moses, is a key player in Wigan's relegation battle.
3) His blistering pace, strength and passing ability made everyone sit up and take notice with a man-of-the-match display in Palace's magnificent 2-1 win at Man United in the League Cup. Zaha represented the club's biggest threat and gave full-back Fabio Da Silva a torrid evening, as the Eagles recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1989.
4) He featured 44 times for Palace last season, leading to a call up to the England Under-19s and he still remains eligible to play for the Ivory Coast.
5) In May 2011, Zaha was named Palace's Young Player of the Year with 75 per cent of the fans' vote.
“He is the type of lad people just bounce off when they try to tackle him - just like Maradona and Messi. He has the sort of talent you can't teach and which no one else has." Former Crystal Palace boss, George Burley