Roy Hodgson’s assistant Ray Lewington has issued a ‘hands-off’ message to any club interested in signing Wilfred Zaha this season.
As a player with incredible dribbling skills, strength and untapped potential, the former Manchester United winger would fit in well at Anfield and would certainly provide plenty competition for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.
As such, Palace are looking to tie Zaha down to a new long-term deal worth an estimated £110,000 per week which would make him the highest paid player at the club ahead of Christian Benteke.
It would seem as though, according to Ray Lewington, that whether or not Zaha signs a new deal is neither here nor there and expects the winger to stay at the club this season.
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“Wilf’s so important to this club,” he said. “The fans love him. He’s the darling of the crowd. And certainly, for the time being, he wants to play for us.
“For me, he’s the best player I’ve ever seen running with the ball at pace.
“I certainly wouldn’t want to play against him every week. We are lucky to have him.”
Liverpool have already signed holding midfielder Fabinho on a five-year deal worth £43.6m and Naby Keïta is also set to join in a month’s time after having to wait an entire season to get his move.
Meanwhile, the Reds are closing in on a deal for Nabil Fekir, with the Frenchman wanting negotiations done in the next week and a half.