Liverpool & United hold Zaha 'chit-chats'

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Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman has confirmed that informal discussions have taken place with the managers of both Manchester United and Liverpool over Wilfried Zaha.

The England U19 international is rated as one of the hottest-properties in the country, with Reds boss Kenny Dalglish strongly linked with a move for the player in a string of national newspapers this month.

Sir Alex Ferguson has also been in contact with the Eagles chief over the talented teenager, but Freedman insists the forward will not be leaving Selhurst Park anytime soon.

"I’ve had chit-chats with Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson, but he is not going anywhere," the Scot told reporters after the 1-1 draw against Leeds.

19-year-old Zaha isn't short of experience in the Npower Championship, and made 44 appearances in all competitions last term on his way to the club's Young Player of the Year award.

The south-west London side secured the versatile youngster's long-term future at the club back in December, when Zaha penned a new five-and-a-half year deal with the club.

That hasn't stopped speculation over a move, with Newcastle also reportedly keen on the Ivorian-born starlet. But, with Freedman unwilling to sell and a League Cup semi-final second leg around the corner against Cardiff, the player's future appears to be with Palace.

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