Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman fears losing Wilfried Zaha this month.

Top prospect Zaha is a target for Stoke City - with Newcastle United and QPR also lurking - and Freedman is worried the club owners will sell in the window.

The manager's best chance of keeping the 19-year-old is if Palace defeat Championship rivals Cardiff City in the Carling Cup semi-finals - with the first leg at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

Palace's cash-conscious bosses would let Zaha join the highest bidder - with the income from the transfer enough to cover the cost of the entire squad's wages for a season.