Holloway wary of Zaha distraction from transfer talk

Wilfried ZahaCrystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is concerned that speculation surrounding a January move may distract star attacker Wilfried Zaha.

The England international has been linked with a whole host of top Premier League clubs, following an impressive start to the Eagles’ Championship campaign.

Arsenal are thought to be in pole position to land his signature, but Manchester United and Liverpool are also rumoured to be in the race.

Holloway wants to keep the 20-year-old at Selhurst Park beyond the winter transfer window, but is wary that he may become disheartened if a big money move fails to come to fruition:

“When a young player gets a chance to move and the club say no, we need to manage that disappointment and refocus that person.” He told the London Evening Standard.

Zaha is regarded as one of the finest emerging talents in England, with his direct nature making him a threat to opposition defences.

Despite his youthful age, and the fact he plays in the second-tier, the wide-man was called up by Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson to face Sweden last month.

It has been speculated that this was just an emergency measure from the FA to ensure that Zaha would be ineligible to represent the Ivory Coast at a later date, the nation he was born in.