Liverpool target Wilfried Zaha is attracting surprise interest from Barclays Premier League rivals Stoke City according to the Daily Mail.

The highly rated 18-year-old striker enjoyed an impressive breakthrough campaign in the Championship with Crystal Palace last season, and also made his debut for England U19s.

Potters boss Tony Pulis is reportedly considering a summer bid for the Ivorian-born forward, in an attempt to bring him to the Britannia Stadium before Liverpool renew interest of their own.

With Reds boss Kenny Dalglish having re-emphasised the importance of youth development at Anfield since his return to the Liverpool helm in January.

The club is now embarking on a revised approach in the transfer market as they look to recruit some of the brightest up and coming talent that England has to offer.


 

Zaha certainly falls into that category, with Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli having run the rule over the player on a number of occasions at Selhurst Park last season.

Palace boss Dougie Freedman will be reluctant to lose Zaha, but the cash-strapped club are realistic enough to know that interest from a club such as Liverpool is enough to turn the head of any young, ambitious player, and so would be prepared to sell at the right price.

Having already completed the capture of England U21 international Jordan Henderson, Liverpool are looking to make further waves in the transfer market this summer.

As well as Zaha, Dalglish has also been linked with a move for another exciting, young English forward currently plying his trade in the Championship.

Connor Wickham, the 18-year-old Ipswich Town striker has commanded interest from a number of leading clubs in the top-flight, but is rumoured to be holding out for a 'dream' move to Anfield.

It is unlikely Liverpool will move for both players, but they will certainly be keeping a close eye on developments surrounding Zaha and the prospective bid from Stoke.

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