United make deal to buy Wilfried Zaha
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.