Liverpool plot £10m Palace raid

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Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is a January target for Liverpool according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in the Eagles' memorable Carling Cup quarter final victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, attracting the attention of a number of Barclays Premier League suitors.

Zaha scored on his Palace debut on the opening day of the 2010-11 campaign, and has gone from strength to strength during his time at Selhurst Park, developing into one of the most sought-after teenagers outside England's top-flight.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is a known admirer of bright young talent, and is reportedly keen to lure Zaha to Anfield this month.

However, the England U19 international is being protected by Palace for the time being, and told to concentrate on his football after recently signing a new and improved five-and-a-half-year contract extension.

Six weeks after that memorable Manchester United victory, Palace will take centre stage at home against Cardiff City in their Carling Cup semi-final first leg tie tonight - a match where Zaha is once again expected to shine.

Palace coach Dean Austin is convinced the African-born starlet has the ability to reach the top, saying: "I told him if he wants it badly enough he could be at Real Madrid in five years.

"He's got everything a modern footballer needs. He's very unorthodox, difficult to coach, because a lot of the stuff he does is spontaneous. [But] Wilf can do anything he wants, he's that good."

Liverpool are believed to be awaiting the outcome of Palace's Carling Cup semi-final before they make any move, and plan to see off rival interest from Newcastle United and Stoke City by making an offer worth up to £10million.

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