Newcastle set to sign Manchester United winger on loan

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Newcastle United are leading the race to sign Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan in January, reports the Daily Star.

The England U21 international has struggled to make a first-team breakthrough since joining the Premier League champions from Crystal Palace in a £15million deal in the summer.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew is ready to give Zaha the opportunity of regular top-flight football, and hopes to beat the likes of Stoke City, Southampton and Fulham to his signature.

"The prospect of playing at Newcastle is the preferred one at present but it depends on United allowing a loan move to happen," a source told the Daily Star.

David Moyes was understood to have been impressed with Zaha during Manchester United's pre-season tour, and handed him the chance to impress as a substitute in the Community Shield victory over Wigan Athletic at Wembley back in August.

However, the 20-year-old is yet to feature for the Red Devils in the Premier League this term, and is believed to be keen to leave Old Trafford on loan in January in order to put himself in contention for a place in England's World Cup squad in Brazil next summer.

Zaha's former manager at Selhurst Park, Ian Holloway, defended the youngster, saying that he needs to be given time to settle at his new club.

"He is a fantastic lad but he has got to learn what his new manager wants him to do," said the Eagles boss. "But his ability will shine through and I am sure he will be the right player for Manchester United."

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