Belfast Telegraph

Zaha could still leave Palace: Hodgson


By Jonathan Veal

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admits he cannot rule out Wilfried Zaha leaving during the European transfer window - but hopes the forward will fully commit himself to the season ahead at Selhurst Park.

Ivory Coast international Zaha was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer, and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.

However, after last week's deadline passed, Zaha has since returned to full training.

Hodgson brought the forward off the bench for the opening Premier League game at Everton, which ended goalless.

With the European transfer window still open until September 2, there is a possibility Zaha could further his career away from England.

Hodgson, though, hopes it will be the Eagles who now get to see the best of the 26-year-old former Manchester United man for the remainder of the campaign, starting with the trip to Sheffield United tomorrow.

"Well there is not too much point worrying about it, if you are asking me 'Would I welcome it?' the answer is no," said the Palace boss when the issue was raised at a press conference.

"I would rather he now gets his head down and commits himself to the season in front of us and commits himself to helping me, the coaching staff and the players into having another season that we can regard as a good one.

"But I don't suppose you can ever rule out the possibility that it might happen because the transfer window in Europe is still open until the end of the month."

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