EXCLUSIVE: Bolton plotting swoop for Eagles star Zaha
Published 22:28 29/01/12 By Alan Nixon
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is getting his teenage kicks with a sensational double swoop for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Porto’s Argentinian likely lad Juan Iturbe.
Coyle’s club yesterday tabled a bumper offer for attacking prospect Zaha, 19, and hope the Eagles will accept a package that rises to around £5million – plus an attractive sell-on clause.
Zaha could be sold by Palace now to help them plan for their long-term future.
They are seeking a price that gives boss Dougie Freedman cash to spend while also setting a standard for future deals.
The London club had set the bar as high as £10m and Bolton’s offer could see that figure eventually reached if Zaha is sold on to one of the game’s elite.
Despite recently signing a long-term deal, Zaha is keen to move up after a blistering start to his career in the Championship.
Bolton are also waiting on an answer from Porto today as they try to take 18-year-old South American forward Iturbe (left), who is on the fringes of their side but could be a starter at the Reebok.
Iturbe is keen to come to England at some stage of his career and may get an unexpected early chance in an inventive move by Coyle.