Roy Hodgson insists that Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is not for sale ahead of the January transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international continues to be linked with a move away from Palace, after attracting interest from Arsenal and Everton in the summer transfer window.
Both sides had bids turned down by Palace , with Zaha staying at the club despite submitting a transfer request one day ahead of the deadline.
Now, Chelsea are the latest club to be linked with a move for the 27-year-old, who has scored two goals so far this season for the Eagles.
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But Hodgson has issued a message to any potential suitors ahead of the January transfer window as he outlined his hopes for the next month.
“Wilfried is not for sale. Basically, I don’t need assurances, we aren’t trying to sell Wilfried Zaha. We want to keep Wilfried Zaha. What assurances can people give? I know no-one [at the club] is anxious to sell Wilfried Zaha,” he said.
“But 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.
“We are all aware we need strengthening, we have said before we need help in certain areas and we don’t have cover or competition we need in those certain areas, and I am sure they will be looking to put that right.
“You can’t get assurances, you can only get people agreeing with you about what should be done, and hope that leads to some players coming through the door that you want to make you stronger and increase competition and perhaps most importantly, prevent us finding ourselves in the current situation.”