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Old Trafford close in on England international.
Manchester United are in talks with Crystal Palace about signing wonderkid Wilfried Zaha – and then sending him straight back to Ian Holloway on loan, writes the Sunday People.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is a big admirer of the England new boy, as Sunday People Sport revealed, and hush-hush discussions are going on to get a deal done for January’s market.
Fergie is determined to beat rivals Tottenham and Arsenal to the young attacker and agree a fee with Palace.
United won’t stretch to the south London club’s £20million valuation but could play ball at a lower figure and let 20-year-old Zaha go back on loan.
SOURCE: Sunday People
This may be a deal that suits all parties. As much as Ian Holloway thinks otherwise, it seems highly unlikely that the Eagles could expect to keep Wilfried Zaha past next summer. The chances of the England man staying beyond that point may not even be increased by promotion to the top tier, such is the pull of a possible move to Old Trafford.
Therefore a deal which would see the South London side retain the 20 year old for the rest of this campaign may be the best offer Crystal Palace will get.
As for a £20m fee, that may prove problematic as well. Zaha is clearly a player with a bright future but he is a player with no top level experience so there is still an element of risk involved with such a purchase and as such a fee of that magnitude may not be realistic.
Sir Alex Ferguson may well have more room in his squad for an attacking wide-man if he opts to sell Nani, with the Portuguese international playing an increasingly limited role in the Man United first team having made just four Premier League starts this season.
Wilfried Zaha will have first appeared on the Man United radar after he helped Palace past Man United in a Carling Cup encounter last term and the youngster has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months, culminating in an England cap against Sweden last month.
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