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Manchester United starlet would prefer Newcastle move

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Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha would prefer a temporary switch to Premier League rivals Newcastle United if he cannot break into the first team at Old Trafford, according to Goal.com.

20-year-old Zaha joined the Red Devils from Crystal Palace in January 2013 but was immediately loaned back to Selhurst Park for the rest of the campaign as Ian Holloway's men secured promotion to the Premier League after beating Watford in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.

The Ivory Coast born starlet was welcomed back to Old Trafford in the summer and started for United in their comfortable 2-0 Community Shield win against Wigan Athletic in August.

However, Zaha, who has won two senior international caps for England, has not featured under David Moyes since that fixture and speculation has grown that the pacy wideman could be set for another temporary stretch away from the top-flight champions when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

Although a whole host of Premier League rivals have been linked with a loan move for Zaha, Goal.com have claimed that both the player and his representatives would be keen on a short-term switch to Newcastle United if he remains on the periphery of the United squad and Moyes is happy to sanction such a move.

Newcastle, managed by former West Ham boss Alan Pardew, received fierce criticism from fans following a hugely disappointing summer transfer window during which only Queens Park-Rangers striker Loic Remy arrived at St James' Park. 

With the club sitting perilously close to the relegation zone, Toon fans would presumably welcome an addition of such quality. Whether they will be particularly content with another temporary move however, remains unclear.

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