Liverpool make opening move for £10m-rated Crystal Palace hotshot Wilfried Zaha - report

The 19-year-old has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs but Kenny Dalglish is rumoured to have made the first steps toward poaching the Eagles striker
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Kenny Dalglish is believed to have initiated contact with Crystal Palace over the proposed transfer of Wilfried Zaha to Liverpool in January, according to the Daily Mail.

Zaha has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs but whilst Manchester United and Manchester City remain admirers, their north-west rivals Liverpool have made the first approach through a phone call to manager Dougie Freedman.

The conversation was seen as an initial probe into the striker's availability and his temperament, with the Anfield outfit expected to make a formal offer for the England Under-19 international in the coming days.

However, the £10 million rated striker recently signed a five-and-a-half year contract at the Championship side and it is believed co-owner Steve Parish is aiming to keep Zaha at the club until after the League Cup semi-final second leg against Cardiff.

The Eagles take a 1-0 advantage to the Cardiff City stadium at the end of the month, with Anthony Gardner's first-header securing the victory at Selhurst Park.

Should Palace progress to the final at Wembley in February, it is expected that Zaha will remain at the club until the summer.