Championship - Paper Round: Mourinho eyes move for Zaha

Wilfried Zaha has been lighting up the Championship all season long and now the 20-year-old Crystal Palace starlet is starting to rocket into the public consciousness.

Championship - United confirm Zaha deal

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Wilfred Zaha, Crystal Palace

First he was called up to the England squad by Roy Hodgson and now all of a sudden he is being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

According to the backpage of today's Mirror, Jose Mourinho has been "keeping a close eye" on the Ivory Coast-born phenom who has also been reportedly watched by Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The paper does go on to say though that anyone who hopes to sign Zaha will have to have deep pockets, with the South London club desperate to hang on to the winger.

"Palace do not want to let their star man go and have slapped a £20 million price on his head to try to scare off clubs planning to bid in January," the paper says.

"The Championship side's co-owner Stephen Browett says it would be madness for Palace to scupper their promotion bid by allowing him to leave in the New Year transfer window."

According to the Mirror, Arsenal will start the bidding process in January by offering £7 million but that that is "way short" of Palace's valuation.

Zaha is the talk of English football at the moment but despite now being part of Roy Hodgson set-up, he still may not commit to England.

The Daily Mail says he is still '50-50' as to whether he will play international football for England or the Ivory Coast and even if he plays against Sweden tomorrow he can still represent the country of his birth as it is not a competitive fixture.

Zaha moved to London with his family when he was four-years old and has played for England at U19 and U21 level.

To other rumours and according to the Sun, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will be cleared to make a £45 million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao once he gets rid of Mario Balotelli.

The controversial striker is on his way out after being spotted entering a restaurant and bar in Manchester at 1am on Sunday morning, just hours before City's home game against Tottenham, which he subsequently watched from the stands.

City will face competition from Chelsea for Colombian goal machine Falcao's services.

Robert Lewandowski’s future with Borussia Dortmund has been thrown into doubt over a contract dispute according to Mirror. Manchester United were willing to offer £16 million for the Polish hit-man in the summer and could renew their interest despite adding Robin van Persie to their ranks.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are among the clubs considering bidding for highly-rated Derby County youngster Will Hughes. Derby manager Nigel Clough is under pressure from the club’s American owners to raise £1.8 million in January, increasing the chances of the 17-year-old midfielder being sold during the transfer window. Derby will ask for at least £4 million. (Daily Telegraph)

Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United there is no guarantee he will sign a new contract to continue playing next season. Sir Alex Ferguson has indicated that he will be offered a 12-month contract to extend his Old Trafford career into an 11th season. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United are set to renew their interest in Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy in the January transfer window after failing with a long summer pursuit. Debuchy remains keen on the switch and Newcastle know that his arrival would dramatically increase their chances of holding on to his best friend, Yohan Cabaye. (Daily Telegraph)

Finally, Fulham are interested in Molde defender Vegard Forren, 24, who has been linked with Manchester United and Everton. (Daily Mail)

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