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Chelsea have been handed a major boost in the race for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, ahead of the January transfer window.
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are already preparing for life with Zaha and have now identified a potential replacement for the Ivorian international.
The Eagles have put Burnley winger Dwight McNeil at the top of their wishlist to replace Wilfried Zaha. Crystal Palace are ready to launch a £20million bid for McNeil when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Crystal Palace value Zaha at £70 million and are expecting a bid for the winger in January, with Chelsea keen on signing the 27 year old.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson isn’t surprised with the speculation surrounding Zaha, given the quality of the 27-year-old but insists the winger isn’t for sale.
“The thing about Wilf Zaha, everyone knows how good a player he is, and as I have said before it is not surprising when you have got a player of that quality, that they are coveted,” Hodgson said, as per Football London.
“But he is a Crystal Palace player, he is under contract to us, and no-one here is anxious or has any desire to sell him.
“But sometimes bids come in which are very difficult for the clubs, and if that happens, we will deal with it. But I certainly don’t concern myself with it, and the speculation doesn’t interest me at all.
“I have been here two and a half years now and there has been speculation about him since I came through the door, and he is still here doing a wonderful job, so it is like water off a duck’s back for me.”