United make deal to buy Wil­fried Zaha

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

PRE­MIER League lead­ers Manch­ester United have agreed a fee to buy ex­cit­ing young for­ward Wil­fried Zaha from sec­ondtier Crys­tal Palace, the clubs said yes­ter­day.

The Ivory Coast-born 20-year-old, who left west Africa as a four-year-old, will be im­me­di­ately loaned back to Crys­tal Palace for the re­main­der of this sea­son.

Palace said they ex­pected the deal to be con­cluded early next week and that Zaha had agreed per­sonal terms with the 19times English cham­pi­ons.

“We would like to thank Wilf for all he has done for the club and we all wish him well when he joins Manch­ester United in the sum­mer,” Palace co-chair­per­son Steve Par­ish said on his club’s web­site (www.cpfc.co.uk).

“It was es­sen­tial to Wilf and our­selves that he stayed at Palace for the re­main­der of this sea­son to help the club with its main aim of pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League.”

United, who con­firmed the deal on their web­site (www.manutd.com), said the player had a med­i­cal in Manch­ester, but that there would be no fur­ther com­ment un­til he joined the club in July.

How­ever, nei­ther club gave any fi­nan­cial de­tails. — Reuters.

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