Freedman fears Palace chiefs will sell Newcastle, Stoke target Zaha

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

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.

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