Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has revealed that potential suitors would be lucky to get England U-21 international striker Wilfried Zaha for £11 million, Sky Sports understands.
A bevy of English Premier League clubs have shown interest in Zaha — who has been tipped to exit Selhurst Park in the January transfer window — in recent months, including the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
At the moment, Zaha is being linked with an £11 million exit from Selhurt Park in the January transfer window, but Freedman believes that the Eagles’ starlet is worth much more than that figure, and rightfully so in all honesty.
“I know he is worth more than £11m. You’re getting him cheap if you get him for that.
“Wilfried has dedicated himself to the game and is heading in the right direction. We give young players the chance to play and that’s what he is doing now.
“It’s a matter of time until he plays in the Premier League and let’s hope that is with Crystal Palace.
“As we speak right now he’s on a long contract and he’s very happy.”
Zaha, a native of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, has tallied four goals and two assists in 12 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles in 2012-13, with all four of his goals coming in his last two games in the English Championship.
Santa Cruz happy in Spain
According to Sky Sports, Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, who is currently on loan at Malaga CF, has revealed that he does not plan on returning to the English Premier League at the end of the 2012-13 season.
The Paraguay international is keen on keeping a stable home for his family and kids. As a result, the 31-year-old has ruled out the possibility of returning to English football next season.
With that said, Santa Cruz did say that he would consider moving back to South America in the future, but that he would most likely stay in Spain for the next few years.
Santa Cruz has made four league appearances for Malaga CF this season, netting one goal and one assist for Los Boquerones.
The Paraguayan’s best season at City, 2009-10, yielded a meager four goals in 22 appearances for, at the time, United’s ‘noisy neighbours’.
Silvestre eyeing Premier League return
Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre, who spent nine seasons at Old Trafford, is training with the club, and is reportedly in search of employment at another Premier League outfit, Sky Sports can reveal.
The 35-year-old defender feels that he is fit enough to play in England’s top flight, and a couple of sides could definitely use his services, the most notable being bottom-of-the-table Queens Park Rangers.