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England U21 winger should snub Liverpool & Arsenal

Freedman tells Zaha to stay at Palace. (©GettyImages)
Freedman tells Zaha to stay at Palace. (©GettyImages).

Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has told Wilfried Zaha to snub interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and stay at Selhurst Park, reports the Daily Star.

The England U21 international has been in scintillating form for the Championship side this season, scoring four goals in his last two appearances, prompting attention from a host of Premier League clubs.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to add to his attacking compliment at Anfield in January, and sees Zaha - who can operate on either wing, or through the middle - as the perfect acquisition.

According to Goal.com, Liverpool lead the chase for his signature and are ready to make a £10million bid to lure him to Merseyside when the transfer window reopens in January.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reported earlier this week that Arsene Wenger is equally keen to bring the Ivorian-born star to the Emirates Stadium, and sent former Gunners assistant manager Pat Rice to run the rule over the forward during Palace's 4-3 victory over Burnley last weekend.

Arsenal's scouting efforts may have been wasted, though, as Zaha signed a new five-and-a-half year contract last December, tying him to the Eagles until 2017. Freedman knows that the 19-year-old is destined for the big time, but fears a transfer at the turn of the year would be too soon for him.

"I've got a responsibility to not only the club's fans but to Wilfried and his family, to let them know when the time is right to move on," he said.

"I strongly believe it is not now. He is playing games here and working hard."

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