The Football Transfer Tavern is no stranger to a few coarse words now and then, and neither is new Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway who has criticised an approach from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal for star winger Wilfried Zaha.
Ian Gordon of The Sun has been explaining how Ollie is unhappy with Wenger over his pursuit of England’s newest international who made his senior international debut in a recent friendly with Sweden.
Wenger has admitted his interest in Zaha, and with the future of Theo Walcott currently up in the air, the comments have left the Palace manager fuming, adamant that the £20 million rated winger is going nowhere.
“Why is he talking about my players?” Holloway asked. “It’s not the game.”
“I will be picking the phone up to talk to him as I don’t think it is right and proper with the greatest respect. That is totally bad etiquette.”
It is thought Arsenal and Manchester City are set to battle it out to secure Zaha’s signature, although Holloway is hoping that will not materialise until Palace are a Premier League club themselves, with the Eagles currently sitting pretty in the Championship in second place.
The Palace boss added: “Wilf is a big part of our season — and we have such a strong contract others can go and whistle. He won’t be available, no matter what the price is, in January.”