Chelsea could be set to act quickly after their transfer embargo was lifted with a big-money move for a Crystal Palace forward after the Eagles have reportedly already identified their perfect replacement.
Frank Lampard is set to be given his first taste of transfer window action as Blues manager in January and his first move could send shock waves through London.
According to British newspaper the Sun, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha could be on the transfer across London with ‘Chelsea believed to be keen as Willian and Pedro enter the final six months of their contracts.’
Wilfried Zaha’s future was the subject of frequent speculation in the summer, with a move to Arsenal regularly touted.
A move for the 27-year-old never materialised despite keen interest from the Gunners as well as Everton, but Roy Hodgson’s side will be braced for suggestions when the window opens and ‘are expecting more interest next month.’
The Sun article states that Crystal Palace may look to cash-in, ‘but only if they have a suitable replacement lined up.’
Burnley winger Dwight McNeil has reportedly been identified as the ideal man to replace Wilfried Zaha if Chelsea come calling, with Palace ‘now considered as serious players’ in the hunt for the 20-year-old Claret.
McNeil burst on to the Premier League scene last year, with a string of impressive displays already raising his market value to around the £20m mark.