Manager happy with £40m winger linked with Liverpool move

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed transfer links between Wilfried Zaha and his former club, Liverpool.

Frank de Boer sparked speculation this week when he suggested Zaha would be a good fit at Anfield and has all the ability to succeed at a top club. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are all rumoured to be chasing Zaha this month, who could fetch as much as £30million.

Hodgson has refused to play down the speculation around his talented winger and believes the latest links are a good sign for the club and the player.

He said: ‘It would surprise me if anybody was asked about Wilf Zaha if they don’t say about him what I would say about him: I think he’s an excellent player.

‘What he’s done for Crystal Palace during my short time has been nothing but exceptional and I also know that he did an awful lot in the years before I came to the club so it would surprise me enormously if people did not say Wilf Zaha is a player with a very bright future who can go far.

‘I think it’s up to us at Crystal Palace to try and keep improving our team and try to keep persuading him that he doesn’t need to move further afield to get the quality of football he needs and to play at the level he wants to play at.

‘I certainly have nothing against anybody making those sort of positive comments.’

Despite a difficult season in general for Palace, Zaha has stood out for the Eagles with four goals and two assists. Zaha has been a key member in Hodgson’s side as they battled to drag themselves away from the bottom three of the Premier League.

After a relegation-threatening start to the season, Palace are now five points clear of 18th place after back-to-back wins.