Zaha suitors create a dilemma for Palace

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The Independent Online

Crystal Palace are divided over whether to sell Wilfried Zaha this month, because a move by the player to Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur could damage their promotion prospects.

United and Spurs are both interested in the player. Spurs could be impeded by their difficult relationship with Palace, which dates back to their messy and protracted move for Jonny Bostock – a transfer that was eventually settled at a tribunal in July 2008.

With some sources doubting the notion that a United deal could see Zaha, below, loaned back to Selhurst Park until the end of the season, Palace are facing a decision on whether to cash in on a £12m player now and risk fans' discontent if they fail to make the play-offs. The club are third in the Championship, but they are not awash with cash and could certainly do with the income.

Zaha's form for Palace has dipped since his England call-up against Sweden on 14 November and Ian Hollway's coaching team feel he needs a rest. Zaha has started every Palace game since 23 October.