Manchester United pair lined up for January switch

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Manchester United could be set to temporarily offload two outcasts in one move, with reports suggesting that a rival Premier League club are preparing a shock January loan swoop for Anderson and Wilfried Zaha.

While Red Devils boss David Moyes - who succeeded the truly iconic Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout during the summer - is expected to heavily invest in high-profile reinforcements this winter, there are also a number of underperforming stars who are tipped to be moving towards the exit door.

Anderson and Zaha are two such players. While the former arrived in the Premier League subject to lofty expectations, he has abjectly failed to live up to his early promise and is evidently not viewed as a potential long-term successor to the retired Paul Scholes.

England international Zaha, meanwhile, joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace in January and was swiftly loaned back to the Eagles as they achieved promotion to the Premier League under Ian Holloway.

He returned to Old Trafford during the summer, but has so far failed to establish himself as a first-team regular. In fact, Zaha has made just two appearances for Manchester United to date - neither of which have come in the top-flight.

Both strugglers could be offered the chance to resurrect their faltering Premier League careers, however. 

According to reports in The Metro, Fulham are targeting a double raid for Anderson and Zaha when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

The same publication claims that the West London outfit are hoping that new coach Rene Meulensteen - who spent several years as a prominent member of United's backroom staff - will be able to use his connections with the club in order to complete the deal.

A potential move of this nature could certainly be considered shocking given Fulham's current perilous state.

With Dutch manager Martin Jol under serious pressure and the team increasingly resembling relegation candidates, it is hugely questionable whether they can afford to gamble with two more luxury players.

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