Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson on transfer links with Arsenal's Reiss Nelson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed where the Eagles stand on striking a deal with Arsenal for Reiss Nelson.

The Gunners youngster has been linked with a last gasp switch across London to Palace.

Nelson’s first team opportunities at Arsenal this season appear to be fairly slim, having only appeared in the Carabao Cup so far.

And with the England international potentially on the move, Hodgson has spoken out about any rumours regarding Palace’s interest.

“I don’t know anything about it, but that’s the problem, these linkages,” said Hodgson.

“[Sporting director] Doug Freedman gets a lot of calls [about players], a lot of people asking him questions and when the time is right – if it is something that he thinks is going to be interesting to me and the coaching staff – he brings it to us.

“I must honestly say that at the moment we haven’t had any conversation about Reiss Nelson.

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“But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think he’s a good player and could be a good signing for any club which takes him.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson also admitted he is hoping Palace do not receive any late bids for star forward Wilfried Zaha ahead of deadline day on Monday.

“Well, I have been told and I think Wilf has had it made clear to him that we are not interested in late bids,” said Hodgson.

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“If it was going to happen, it would need to happen in a timeframe which would give us a chance to see what we would want to do with the money.

“So close to the end of the transfer window, I would certainly hope it will not happen now and I want to continue working with him.”



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