Zaha deal delayed after Crystal Palace owner leaves country

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Wilfried Zaha's proposed transfer to Manchester United has been delayed after Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish went to Australia, but a deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer deadline.

According to talkSPORT, negotiations between Crystal Palace and Manchester United will take longer than initially expected following Parish's trip Down Under, although an agreement remains close.

Parish has led talks with Manchester United but has left fellow co-owner Steve Browett, manager Ian Holloway and chief executive Phil Alexander to complete the deal in his absence.

A fee of £12 million will reportedly be the price the two clubs agree on, but the key stipulation left to be resolved is whether Manchester United will allow Zaha to complete the season at Selhurst Park.

Palace reportedly want Manchester United to immediately loan the 20-year-old winger back to them as the south London club push for promotion to the Premier League.

Should Zaha join the Old Trafford ranks instead of finishing the campaign with Palace, he will have to battle with the likes of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Luis Nani for a starting place under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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