According to the News of the World. What are our chances of beating Robert Mancini and Manchester City to the Crystal Palace kid’s signature though? Slim?

FULHAM have emerged as serious challengers to Manchester City in the chase for teen whizz Victor Moses.

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock is resigned to losing striker Moses, 19, during the transfer window.

City want to build for the future but their football administrator Brian Marwood was shocked at the Eagles’ £5million price tag.

Palace would go for a staggered payment deal but their need for cash sees chairman Simon Jordan pushing for as much up front as he can force. And Palace now have several other bidders, with Fulham the main rival.

Cottagers strike ace Bobby Zamora could be out until March with a shoulder injury.

And if the right deal for Moses is struck, a move to Craven Cottage may suit all parties not least because the Londoner would not have to move home and would have the chance of regular first-team football.