New Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hopes he can keep hold of the club's highly-rated winger Wilfried Zaha, despite reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Sky Sports reports how the newly installed Eagles boss watched from the stands as his new club moved up to third in the Championship table following their 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
Zaha played a starring role in the victory, once again showing why he is considered one of the hottest properties outside the Premier League, and justifying the intense interest in his signature from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini.
Gunners scouts have been sent to south east London on more than one occasion already this season to run the rule over the England U21 international, while Zaha has been hailed as the answer to Rodgers' lack of forward options at Liverpool.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move in the January transfer window, but whether it's the Emirates or Old Trafford, Anfield or the Etihad, he is destined for a bright future.
"I asked for no guarantees from Crystal Palace about the future of Wilfried Zaha," said Holloway, in his column for the Sunday Mirror. "He has got the world at his feet.
"Every time I have seen him play he looks like a top player and the people I have spoken to at Palace say that it's only a matter of time that he's in the Premier League.
"I have read that a host of big clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are looking at Wilfried. So you won't be surprised to hear that's the kind of player I really want to work with.
"I am sure one of the first questions I will be asked is about what the future holds for Wilfried. My honest answer is that I really don't know.
"Would I like to keep him with me at Palace? You're damn right I would. I've got him at least until the transfer window reopens in January and I can't wait to see him close up and in the flesh every day.
"Hopefully I can show him that I can be good for him like he has been good for Crystal Palace. The first thing I will tell him is that I will never hold him back when it comes to realising his ambitions."
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