Roy Hodgson dismisses talks of Wilfried Zaha loan move to Bayern


Blaise Bourgeois

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There have been several rumours linking Crystal Palace winger with a switch to Bayern Munich this month, but Palace manager Roy Hodgson has no intention of letting his star player go at this stage of the season.

The Eagles have been quite the pleasant surprise, currently the ninth-placed team in the Premier League, two points behind Wolves for a potential Europa League place.

When asked about the potential move, Hodgson seemed absolutely befuddled.

“A loan move to Bayern!? Was it serious? Where did you get the story from? I’ll tell you what I’ll do, is Karl-Heinz Rummenigge still there?

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“I’ll give Karl-Heinz a ring on that one, he’s a friend of mine from way back and I’ll say ‘is it true that you seriously have actually put in a bid to loan our best player so we go into the last part of the season without our best player. Is it true?’

“Next time, if he says yes, I’ll answer your question but I don’t think he will.”

According to the Guardian, Zaha submitted a transfer request last summer, with Palace reportedly rejecting a whopping offer of £70m plus James McCarthy and Cenk Tosun.

McCarthy joined Palace for a £3m fee and Tosun recently joined the Eagles on loan.