Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha should not be on Frank Lampard’s transfer list according to former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin.

Zaha has been linked with a move away from Selhurst Park for some time with London rivals Chelsea rumoured suitors since their transfer ban was lifted last month.

Nevin, however, believes the 27-year-old isn’t needed at the Blues, suggesting they already have a player in their ranks capable of making the step-up.

“Maybe in Callum (Hudson-Odoi) we already have this player at the club, even if the likes of Wilfried Zaha have been mentioned,” he told the club website.

“Callum has many talents, but that ability to go past defenders and disrupt organised defences is priceless in the modern game.

“Actually it has always been important but it is all the more noticeable now there are fewer players who can actually do it regularly.

“This is the thing we have been missing more than anything else.”

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Hudson Odoi came through the ranks at Chelsea before signing along term deal last year.

The pacey 20-year-old suffered an ankle-ligament injury at the end of last season and has found it difficult to break into Lampard's starting XI, although a goal in Sunday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest would suggest he's nearing his best.

“With any luck, that is him back and he will not have to consider that injury and those painful times again," Nevin continued.

"The other thing of course was that while he was recuperating, other youngsters were stepping into his shoes, actually that should be ‘boots’ obviously.

“They were his mates of course but from being the golden boy along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, suddenly Tammy, Mason, Reece and Fikayo were getting all the plaudits once reserved for him.

"He wouldn’t have been jealous as such, but again somewhere deep down there must have been real pain that he was missing out while everyone else was having a ball, all because of a moment’s bad luck with that bizarre injury.

“The performance at the weekend and the belief shown by the boss will have given him an enormous boost."

Zaha meanwhile is believed to be looking for a route out of Selhurst Park in order to challenge for trophies, and Chelsea would offer that.

Palace’s £80million valuation of the Ivorian is thought to be a stumbling block for the former Champions, who are considering a player plus cash deal.