Newly-promoted Crystal Palace could try to tempt Manchester United in loaning Wilfried Zaha back to the Premier League newcomers for next season, Sky
Zaha is set to join United this summer in a £15m deal arranged in the January transfer window under then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with Zaha loaned back to the Eagles for the rest of the season. But Ferguson has since retired – to be replaced by David Moyes – and Palace are considering asking Moyes to allow Zaha to return to Selhurst Park on a season-long loan deal.
Palace beat Watford in the play-off final on Monday, veteran striker Kevin Phillips converting a penalty against one of his former clubs in extra-time, with the spot kick won by the livewire Zaha.
And Palace co-chairman Martin Long has confirmed to Sky Sports that his club wouldn’t rule out an approach to United, but Long’s fellow co-chairman Steve Parish and manager Ian Holloway believe Zaha is good enough for United’s first team and wouldn’t be returning to the Londoners.
Long said: “They might want him to get experience in the Premier League playing for us rather than maybe not playing for them. I don’t know, of course. We probably will ask,” but Parish countered: “ I think Wilf should go and have his chance with Manchester United. I think he has earned that. We certainly won’t be making representation.
“I would hate him to go anywhere else if that was what they were going to do. Me, personally, I think he is good enough for their side.”
Holloway, meanwhile, added: “I think he (Moyes) would be silly to give me him back. Now we’re up it might be realistic but who knows? He will know the task he’s got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us.”
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