United medical for Zaha - Report

  • Last Updated: January 25 2013, 9:44 GMT

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha will reportedly have contract talks and undergo a medical with Manchester United before the weekend.

Wilfried Zaha: Heading for Old Trafford
Wilfried Zaha: Heading for Old Trafford

Wilfried Zaha

11. Wilfried Zaha

Title Number
Appearances 7 (4)
Goals 1
Assists 1
Yellows 0
Reds 0
*Current Season

United have been given permission to speak with the England international by Palace and it is understood he will travel north with his advisor Will Salthouse to conclude the deal.

It is anticipated the 20-year-old will immediately be loaned back to Palace for the remainder of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-time admirer of Zaha and last week watched him in Palace's FA Cup third round replay defeat at Stoke.

In addition, Ferguson's assistant Mike Phelan was at Burnley for a recent Championship game, and with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirming earlier this week that the Gunners were not interested in the young wide-man, United had the way clear to seal a deal.

There was a brief delay as the Red Devils were unable to conclude the transfer in the same manner in which they secured the services of Chris Smalling from Fulham two years ago, when they agreed the deal but left him to finish the season at Craven Cottage before completing the transfer.

However, those issues have now been resolved and the deal is expected to be finalised before the weekend.

Born in the Ivory Coast, he emigrated to England with his family when he was just four.

His footballing prowess was soon obvious and after joining Palace's youth ranks he eventually made his debut in March 2010 against Cardiff.

Zaha has gone on to become a key component of Palace's promotion push, which is why manager Ian Holloway was so keen for him to remain with the club for the remainder of the season.

His performances at club level were good enough to attract the attention of Roy Hodgson, who handed him an international bow in Sweden last November.

Having already appeared for England at youth level, Hodgson is optimistic Zaha sees his future with the Three Lions, although until he makes a competitive appearance, he has the option of playing for Ivory Coast.

Wilfried Zaha factfile:

1992: Born November 10 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

1996: Moves, along with his family, to south London.

2007: Inducted in to Crystal Palace Academy.

2010: Makes his first-team debut on March 27 as a substitute in 2-1 defeat to Cardiff.

August 7 - Scores on his full Palace debut in a 3-2 win over Leicester.

August 24 - Sent off for the first time after kicking out at Portsmouth's Carl Dickinson.

November - Signs new four-and-a-half-year deal after becoming a first-team regular.

2011: February 8 - Makes his England Under-19 debut against Germany in Chesterfield.

May - Ends the 2010-11 season having made 44 appearances for Palace.

December 19 - Signs new five-and-a-half-year deal at Palace.

2012: Bolton fail with £7million bid to sign him on deadline day.

February 8 - Wins first England Under-21 cap against Belgium.

March 11 - Named npower Championship Young Player of the Year.

May - Ends season with 48 appearances and nine goals for Palace.

June 13 - Called up to provisional Team GB squad for London 2012, but fails to make final 18.

November 11 - Called up to full England squad for first time for friendly against Sweden.

November 14 - Makes senior England debut as late substitute in 4-2 friendly defeat against Sweden in Stockholm.

2013: January 24 - Set for contract talks and medical with Manchester United.


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