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Manchester City Transfer News: Roberto Mancini Set To Bag Wilfried Zaha

By Staff Reporter - Posted: 11/23/12 12:40AM EST
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City boss Roberto Mancini (Photo: Reuters)

Wilfried Zaha is certainly a hot property in England with hosts of Premier League clubs vying for the young striker.

The latest to join the bandwagon are Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini's side has reportedly contacted championship side Crystal Palace in a bid to bag the 20-year-old footballing sensation.

According to the Sun, City have kept £12m fee on the platter for Zaha with another £3m in add-ons based on trophies and performances.

Besides the Premier League champions have agreed to let Zaha remain at Selhust Park until the summer as Palace are eyeing promotion from the championship.

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Zaha headlines after England manager Roy Hodgson inducted him into the senior Three Lions team for friendly against Sweden that saw them go down 4-2 with Swedish skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring all the four goals for his team in Stockholm.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are the other Premier League clubs keeping a tab on Zaha.

Sir Alex Ferguson too had that stepped up his interest with Goal.com revealing that United had a senior scout in the crowd for Palace's victory over Leicester on October 27.
 
The website added, "United sources believe it is very unlikely that Zaha will move in the New Year - especially with Palace top of the Championship and on course to challenge for promotion - but Ferguson wants to strike an agreement to sign the youngster next summer in a similar deal to the one reached when Chris Smalling signed from Fulham."
 
Earlier, iSPORTS TIMES had reported that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho too was keen on the Ivory Coast player, who has pledged his future to England.

Palace are keen on retaining Zaha in lieu of the fact that they are expecting a promotion soon.
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has revealed that the club have rejected bids for Zaha.

"We've had a couple [of approaches for Zaha]," he told talkSPORT. "None that you would really take seriously. [They were] a couple of opportunistic bids from people who might not have read the papers [and known] that we're out of administration."

"What's important for us is that we keep this team together, at least this season."

"We're anxious to keep hold of him. He's on a five-year deal. We need to keep him happy. I completely understand that. We'll make sure he stays in January and we'll have another look at it in the summer."



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