Hodgson optimistic Zaha will stay at Palace

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Zaha has made an excellent start to the season, scoring the only goal of the game against Southampton before coming up with a match-winning double in a 3-1 Premier League victory at Manchester United.

The Ivory Coast international has frequently been the subject of speculation that he could leave Selhurst Park for a second time.

Yet Palace boss Hodgson is optimistic the 27-year-old forward will not be on the move.

Hodgson said: "I have been told [by the chairman], and I think Wilf has had it made clear to him, that we are not interested in late bids.

"If it was going to happen, it would need to happen in a time frame which would give us a chance to see what we would want to do with the money.

"So close to the end of the transfer window, I would certainly hope it will not happen now and I want to continue working with him."

Free agent Nathaniel Clyne has been training with Palace and could be set to sign a deal with the club where he started his career.

"We believe and hope he is getting back to his best," Hodgson said of the right back.

"In the coming days, we will reassess because it is a position where we are not covered at the moment because the young lad [Nathan Ferguson] we brought in to play in that position is still struggling with a knee injury.

"There is an opportunity I think for someone like Nathaniel to come into the club if that is what everyone at the club wants and thinks is the right thing to do. Certainly I have been impressed."

Palace has also been linked with Brentford playmaker Said Benrahma, who scored another wonder-goal for the Bees in its Carabao Cup win over Fulham on Friday (AEST), a victory which saw the Championship side reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in its history.

 


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