Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has told Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton to forget about signing Wilfried Zaha in the January transfer window.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Palace winger Zaha now that the new year has begun, while Arsenal and Everton both had bids turned down last summer.
Zaha, 27, handed in a transfer request in a bid to force a move, but it was turned down by the Selhurst Park club and the former Manchester United player has knuckled down to help fire Palace into the top half of the Premier League table.
And manager Hodgson ruled out any prospect of Zaha being sold – although he did admit that the club’s board would have to consider an offer of serious money for the £80million-rated star.
“Basically, I don’t need assurances, we aren’t trying to sell Wilfried Zaha,” Hodgson said in quotes reported by The Sun.
“We want to keep Wilfried Zaha. What assurances can people give? I know no-one [at the club] is anxious to sell Wilfried Zaha.”
Hodgson added: “Of course you never know where bids are going to come from, and if they do, the board of directors will need to take it seriously.
“It’s certainly not something we’re looking for and, by the same token, everyone at the club is aware we need strengthening.
”We need some help in terms of our group of players because there are certain areas we don’t have the cover or competition we need.
“And I believe they will be trying to help put that right, too, but if you say: ‘Have you got assurances?’ Well you can’t get assurances unfortunately, you can only get people agreeing with you that this is what needs to be done and this should be the next step for us going forward.”
Chelsea are also believed to be working on a deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. If the Sancho deal comes off, Chelsea would be unlikely to pursue their interest in Zaha.