Darren Ambrose has urged highly-rated teenage striker Wilfred Zaha to stay with Crystal Palace.

The England U19 international has been earning rave reviews at Selhurst Park, and was instrumental in the Eagles' 2-1 win over Wigan in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, setting up both goals in the win.

Speculation has been rife that a host of Barclays Premier League clubs are keen on signing the player, with The Guardian reporting two days ago that Liverpool were linked with a move for the player.

Having noticed the reports himself, Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose believes that whilst the 18-year-old has the undoubted potential to go to the very top, staying in South East London could be the best scenario at the current time.

"It's no surprise to see him linked with other clubs," said Ambrose after the win.

"But Victor (Moses) didn't get much playing time at Wigan last year, although he's come in now. It would be nice to keep Wilfred here because he is a great player for us."

Liverpool have invested heavily in young British talent at Anfield in recent years, adding to their academy ranks with Raheem Sterling last year and senior side this summer with Jordan Henderson.


Kenny Dalglish has looked to continue the tradition working alongside Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli, and Zaha appears to be the latest name in the frame for a Merseyside move.

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