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Old Trafford outfit now appear favourites in race to sign England star.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could land £10million Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, in January by letting him spend the rest of the season on loan at Selhurst Park.
Palace are willing to listen to offers for Zaha right away if they do not disrupt the club’s campaign for promotion to the Premier League.
United agreed a similar deal in 2010 when they bought £8m defender Chris Smalling from Fulham and then let him see out the rest of the season at Craven Cottage before moving to Old Trafford.
United, Arsenal and Spurs are all closely monitoring the player who is a firm favourite of England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce.
Wilfried Zaha has been linked with practically every Premier League club this season – and it would now appear that Manchester United are at the front of the queue.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been vehement in his denial of the move – angry when told that Arsene Wenger had been talking about his player, when in actual fact he refused to single him out, and furiously denying all transfer rumours on a practically daily basis.
“I’m fed up talking about Wilf. We have some great players here,” Holloway told Sky Sports.
“Why not talk about Andre Moritz or Mile Jedinak or Yannick Bolasie.
“Wilf’s our player, he’s on a four and half year contract and it would take a lot more than one player to de-rail us.
“We have many good players. It’s all because he was called up by England lately.
“I thought it was unprofessional of Arsenal to mention Zaha.
“I like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. He would help our promotion push. And what about Theo Walcott, he’s out of contract at the end of this season. I bet you wouldn’t start the speculation that way around.”
Probably because Crystal Palace aren’t in the Premier League or Champions League, Ian.
Anyway, a separate story in the Daily Record claims that despite Holloway’s firm denial Zaha will be sold, Crystal Palace are already looking for wingers in the transfer market – and Celtic star Paddy McCourt is the man strongest linked.
McCourt is a fringe player at Celtic who occasionally scores a wonder goal, and could be available for around £750,000.
Should Crystal Palace sign him in January, Zaha leaving the Eagles would appear more likely than ever.
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