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Hodgson wants to keep Zaha but admits bids will be considered

 

Getting interest: Wilfried Zaha
Getting interest: Wilfried Zaha

By Ed Elliot

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson insists Wilfried Zaha is not for sale in January.

Palace forward Zaha, whose contract runs until 2023, failed to force a move away from Selhurst Park during the summer after handing in a transfer request.

The 27-year-old has been linked with Premier League rivals Everton, Arsenal and Chelsea in recent months and his future will once again come under the spotlight when the transfer window opens today.

Eagles boss Hodgson admits any genuine bids for Zaha must be considered by Palace's board but is certain the club do not wish to sell.

"Wilf is not for sale, so basically I don't need assurances. We aren't trying to sell Wilfried Zaha, we want to keep Wilfried Zaha," said Hodgson.

"What assurance can people give? I have the assurance there is no one in the club that wants to sell Wilfried Zaha.

"But of course you never know where bids are going to come from and I suppose every time there is a serious bid for one of your players the board of directors needs to take it seriously.

"It's certainly not something we're looking for."

Meanwhile, Ian Holloway is back in football after accepting the manager's job at League Two Grimsby, the club have announced.

The 56-year-old former Bristol Rovers, QPR, Plymouth, Leicester, Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Millwall boss, replaces Michael Jolley, who parted company with the Mariners in November.

• Celtic's Ryan Christie has been served with a notice of complaint from the Scottish Football Association following Sunday's Old Firm game at Parkhead.

The Hoops attacker has been charged with allegedly grabbing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos' groin area in the 60th minute of the Gers' 2-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win.

The sanction for breaching rule 200, A2 is an automatic two-game ban and the Scotland international's hearing will be on Monday.

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