Arsenal are one of a number of Premier league teams who are looking at the Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha. The 19-year old is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, but Palace are either trying to put off buyers or seeking alot more money than he is currently worth, stating that around £20 million is the price tag for a player untried in the top division.
Arsenal are reportedly planning an opening offer of around £9 million in January, but if Palace are going to hold out for double that, the Gunners may switch their focus to a player who has already proved his worth in the Premier league, Adel Taarabt of QPR, according to the Daily Mail.
23-year old Taarabt never got his chance when playing for Tottenham, but has been very impressive since moving to QPR. He was their star player as they won promotion from the championship and has looked at home in the Premier league, scoring twice in six games with a struggling team.
Both players can operate as wingers or as support strikers, but have different playing styles. Taarabt is more forceful and direct and has a better goals to games ratio, whereas Zaha is still learning his game and has very quick feet and dribbling skills.
One problem with Taarabt is that he is a Moroccan international and will be flying off for the African Cup of Nations in January. Also, the QPR owner has plenty of money and may not be willing to sell. I think that the talk coming from Palace is mostly bluster, and they would sell for much less than £20 million. Perhaps that is why Dougie Freedman decided to abandon Palace in favour of a struggling Bolton Wanderers.