Old Trafford side close in on Crystal Palace youngster.
Man United expect to land Zaha despite Tottenham making first move for Palace winger
Manchester United remain confident of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace despite Tottenham gaining a head start in the race for the England starlet.
Tottenham are understood to have opened negotiations with Palace, who value Zaha at £20million. However, the bidding is likely to start at around £7million with players also being offered on loan as part of a package that will include add-on cash based on performances.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Sir Alex Ferguson has developed something of a youthful transfer policy over the past three or four years, with obvious exceptions such as the capture of Robin Van Persie, and the Scot has earmarked a move for Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha and ‘expects’ to win the race to sign the 20 year old ahead of apparent interest from White Hart Lane.
With Nani’s Man United future very much up in the air one can see why Ferguson would be especially keen on Zaha, the Eagles winger neatly replacing the Portuguese wide-man, but the Old Trafford side will have to stump up £20m or at least get near to that price-tag in order to persuade the Championship side to sell.
This source states that Man United would start the bidding at £7m, so there may have to be something of an uplift on that offer, or perhaps a decent sell-on clause, to convince the South London side to negotiate on a lesser outright fee.
Any potential deal could be tied up in January, just as long as any prospective suitor agrees to loan back the starlet so he can attempt to help Ian Holloway’s side in their Premier League promotion push.
This is something Ferguson would be amenable to, not least as he has publicly stated he has no intention to sign any players this month.
Zaha has made over 100 appearances for Crystal Palace and has been in consistently good form for the best part of 18 months, leading to an England cap at the tail end of 2012.
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