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Hodgson admits he’s keen to keep Zaha and Batshuayi at Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson says he is keen to keep Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi at Crystal Palace.

Zaha has enjoyed a superb season for Crystal Palace, scoring 10 league goals, and has been linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Palace are believed to have put a price of around £80m on the Ivory Coast international, as they bid to keep the 26-year-old at Selhurst Park.

Zaha starred as Palace beat Bournemouth 5-3 on the final day of the season, with Hodgson praising the forward’s end to the season.

“It’s not just now but he was fantastic last week, and at Newcastle. He’s had a really good end to the season. He’s played like the Wilfried Zaha we know he can be,” Hodgson said.

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Hodgson also admitted the club are keen on securing a deal for the on-loan Batshuayi, the Belgian having impressed since joining from Chelsea in January.

Batshuayi scored twice in the win over Bournemouth, though a permanent deal for the 25-year-old may prove complicated with parent-club Chelsea having been handed a two-window transfer ban from FIFA.

“Batshuayi is a different case, he’s on loan. That’s not in our hands. I do know he has been happy with us here. It’s been pretty obvious we appreciate him.

“These are questions for Steve Parish and the board of directors. I can’t nail people’s feet to the ground, I can’t turn down bids. Only the directorship of the club can do that.

“But I can speak on their behalf when I say that they are as aware as we are of how important these people are.

“If you want to keep going forward, we have to be equally as good, if not better, to finish anywhere near the top 10 because the league gets better and better every year and more and more money is spent every year.”

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