Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson relaxed in the future of Wilfried Zaha | Football news

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has reiterated that Wilfried Zaha is not for sale during the January transfer window, but says the club is ready for every possible event.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has reiterated that Wilfried Zaha is not for sale during the January transfer window, but says the club is ready for every possible event.

Roy Hodgson has repeated his desire to keep Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace – but also insists that the club is prepared for every possible event.

The attacker submitted a transfer request in the summer, but Palace rejected offers from Arsenal and Everton to keep the 27-year-old in Selhurst Park.

And despite the fact that President Steve Parish stated that he would let the player leave for the right club for the right price in January, Hodgson remains philosophical about the situation.

“Wilfried Zaha is not for sale, so I don’t need any guarantees (from the board),” said Roy Hodgson. “We are not trying to sell Wilfried Zaha. We want to keep Wilfried Zaha.

“But what guarantees can people give? I suppose I have the assurance that there is no one in the club who wants to sell Wilfried Zaha.

“Of course you never know where the bids will come from and I assume that every time there is a serious bid for one of your players, the board of directors must take it seriously.”

0:48 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has urged US club owners to invest in the transfer market in January.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has urged US club owners to invest in the transfer market in January.

“Palace must strengthen”

Regardless of Zaha’s future in the club, one thing Hodgson is sure of is the need to strengthen the team next month.

Although Palace is currently comfortably ninth in the table, the Eagles miss a number of protagonists, including left backs Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp, centerback Gary Cahill and winger Andros Townsend.

“Everyone is aware that we need to strengthen because there are certain areas for which we do not have the coverage or competition that we need,” Hodgson added.

“I believe they (the board) will try to put that right, but again, you can’t get any guarantees.

“You can only get people who agree with you that this is what needs to be done and that this should be the next step.

“Hopefully that will lead to some players coming through the door, making the team stronger and increasing competition.”

How to follow the January transfer window

Sky Sports brings you the latest news from the transfer market in January with the return of three shows.

Start your day with Good Morning Transfers at 9:00 AM, because our team of reporters brings you the latest news and insight. Transfer Talk then follows at noon and provides analysis of the greatest stories. Then come to us at 7 pm for the final completion of the news of the day with The Transfer Show.

In the meantime, the Transfer Talk podcast is also back at the beginning of the year with more expert analyzes from here and across the continent.

And besides tuning in to Sky Sports News, don’t miss out on our special Transfer Center blog.

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