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Liverpool battle Spurs for England under-21 ace

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been given a boost in their chase for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha, according to talkSPORT.

The England under-21 star scored a magnificent brace on Tuesday evening as Palace came from behind to beat Wolves 2-1.

And after the match, Palace boss Dougie Freedman admitted Zaha can leave Selhurst Park when the time is right.

"When he's ready and when I think he's ready to go to the right club, I will tap Wilfried on the shoulder and tell him I cant help him any longer," said Freedman.

"It's a little bit different with my kids, the relationship has been there a long time.

"Wilfried can play at the top level if he continues going with his movement, he's got wonderful technique and ability. His all-round game is coming together."

The 19-year-old has three caps for England under-21's, and has attracted attention from a number of Premier League clubs since breaking into the Palace first-team aged 17.

Liverpool were reportedly watching him last year, and Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Palace's two-time Young Player of the Year. A stunning performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup then brought him to the attention of most football watchers.

A tricky winger with a keen eye for goal, Zaha was voted as the Football League's Young Player of the Year last season.

Zaha is the latest product of the prolific Crystal Palace academy. Fellow teen Jordan Williams is also highy-rated at Selhurst Park, and Chelsea star Victor Moses - who made his Champions League debut this week - also made his first-team debut at Palace.

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