Zaha to Chelsea in January? Crystal Palace boss gives his verdict on the transfer

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is a transfer target for the Blues ahead of the January transfer window.

Chelsea were unable to make signings during the summer due to the transfer ban but are hoping our appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be successful.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted it will be difficult to keep Zaha as Crystal Palace can’t offer him Champions League football.

Ahead of the January transfer window, Hodgson is expecting offers for the 27 year old winger amid interest from Chelsea and he concedes that it might be hard to keep Zaha at the club.

Hodgson said, according to Standard Sport: “We’ve never wanted to lose him. But, when you’re Crystal Palace, and I think Burnley would regard themselves in the same situation, when a player does exceptionally well and there’s lots of clubs after them and prepared to pay big money, it’s not always that easy to keep hold of them.

“We can’t say to Wilf, ‘You’ve got to stay with us because we’ll be Champions League next year’.

“I’m happy that it didn’t materialise, I think he’s done exceptionally well to get over that and accept it and make certain he’s once again doing his level best for this club.

“Who knows, there might come a time in the future where we’re confronted with that situation again. But, until that day arrives, I’ll carry on working with him, being happy to be working with him and happy that we’ve got a player of his ability to help us win football matches.”

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