Crystal Palace boss sends message to Chelsea with Lampard set to bid for Zaha in January

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The Blues are lining up a bid for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha ahead of the January transfer window.

Chelsea can now sign players after the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the transfer ban on the club.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson isn’t surprised with the speculation surrounding Zaha, given the quality of the 27-year-old.

However, Hodgson has warned Zaha 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.”

Zaha started the season slowly but has scored two goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

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