City swoop for Liverpool's English starlet target


Liverpool target Wilfired Zaha is set to be the subject of a bid from Stoke City, according to the Daily Mirror.

Kenny Dalglish has been credited with an interest in the Crystal Palace starlet, but it appears Tony Pulis is set to move first.

Anfield was thought to be Zaha's most likely destination, but Pulis will attempt to get an early bid in.

A fee of £3million has been mooted as the Potters' bid, significantly less than the £5million Liverpool were reportedly ready to pay.

The 19-year-old has been in impressive form for the Eagles this season and has become a key part of their team.

Zaha was prominent in Palace's shock Carling Cup win at Manchester United, which has convinced a number of Barclays Premier League managers he is ready to make the step up.

Liverpool earmarked Zaha as part of their John Henry-inspired transfer policy of signing promising youngsters.

Palace boss Dougie Freedman does not want to let his prized asset go in the transfer window, but it will be difficult to stop a move should a bid come in.

Zaha plays predominantly as a forward, but can operate in a wide midfield position.

The England Under-19 international was born in Ivory Coast and is eligible to play for both countries.

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