Man United Join Race to Sign £20m Championship Starlet

Old Trafford side the latest to take interest in Selhurst Park attacker.

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Manchester United have joined the list of clubs scouting Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Last month, Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish said: ‘He is an extraordinary talent. I said at the start of the season that keeping hold of Wilf would be like spending a lot of money on a transfer.

‘Other sides can fly their kites but it would take £20m before we even got interested.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Man United join an ever growing list of interested parties keen on the England Under 21 international and if the intention of Eagles co-owner Steve Parish is to drive up the price and hope for a bidding war then he may well get his way.

Wilfried Zaha impressed many with his consistent displays last term and has further improved this season, helping Crystal Palace to a great start to the Championship campaign. However the departure of Dougie Freedman to Bolton may well play a part in whether the 19 year old considers pushing for a Selhurst Park exit.

Man United would have been impressed by Zaha’s display when the two sides went head to head in League Cup action last term when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were unceremoniously dumped out of the competition and perhaps the teenage winger would be the latest in the long line of young talents the Scot has brought in over recent years.

The Old Trafford boss has adopted a youthful transfer policy over the past three or four years, targeting up and coming talents over spending big sums on established talents, with some notable exceptions.

The likes of Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones, Nick Powell, Chris Smalling, David de Gea and Angelo Henriquez have moved to Man United in recent seasons and perhaps Zaha is another player Ferguson feels could make the grade at the club.

This source states that Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City are all interested but will any of these clubs be willing to fork out £20m for a player with no top level experience?

Wilfried Zaha has already notched up over 100 appearances for his South London side.

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