Zaha close to joining Crystal Palace

by Sam Peoples

Wilfried Zaha could make his loan move from Manchester United to Crystal Palace permanent in January for a cut-price £3m.

The Guardian reports a deal for Zaha, 22, would be an up-front initial payment of £3m from Crystal Palace followed by £3m in performance related bonuses.

Given that Zaha was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson for £15m in 2013, it would be a big loss for Man United on Zaha in financial terms.

Since Alan Pardew took over as Crystal Palace manager, Zaha has been used in every game and has started to put in the sort of performances which earned him a move to Old Trafford back when Palace earned promotion to the Premier League.

Up until this stage, there had been no talk of Zaha joining Crystal Palace on a permanent deal in the winter transfer window, so it’s surprising to hear Man United are willing to let Zaha leave permanently in January as many expected the winger to get one more opportunity to prove himself at Old Trafford.

Zaha’s career at Man United has certainly not gone how Sir Alex Ferguson envisaged when he spent £15m on the winger and it looks like United are going to cut their losses sooner rather than later.

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