Incoming Crystal Palace manager Malky Mackay wants to make Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha his first summer signing after putting pen-to-paper on his contract with the Eagles. The Scottish coach is poised to sign a three-year deal at Selhurst Park but has already identified the Red Devils’ starlet as his primary transfer target.
This is according to the Daily Star, who claim that Pulis sensationally quit his post as Crystal Palace manager last week because of a disagreement over Zaha with the club’s co-chairman Steve Parish.
Pulis did not want Zaha
Parish, who is a huge fan of Zaha, recently revealed that the 21-year-old winger could return to Selhurst Park before the transfer window closes on September 1. However, it seems Pulis was less keen on the idea after questioning the player’s character.
Mackay, though, does not appear to hold the same reservations as his predecessor and is keen to open negotiations with the Red Devils as soon as he is confirmed as the new Crystal Palace manager.
Zaha remains a hero in the eyes of the Palace supporters after helping the club earn promotion to the Premier League in May 2013.
The one-time England international had already completed his £10 million move to Manchester United by this point, but was loaned back to his former club for the remainder of the 2012/13 campaign.
Zaha has struggled at united
However, his dream move to Old Trafford has been an unmitigated disaster so far. Despite impressing on the club’s 2013 summer pre-season tour, former United boss David Moyes played Zaha in just two Premier League matches last season.
He was loaned to Cardiff City in the second half of the 2013/14 campaign, but was powerless to prevent the Bluebirds from being relegated to the Championship.
Mackay, of course, was the manager of Cardiff City during the first half of last season, but it’s unlikely that he has been in contact with any of the coaching staff at the Welsh club to enquire further about Zaha’s suspect character.
Watch: Zaha in action for Crystal Palace
Van Gaal keen to sell Zaha
United boss Louis van Gaal offered Zaha a chance to impress on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, but the winger - playing in an unfamiliar centre-forward role - failed to make any real impact.
Subsequently, the veteran Dutch coach is prepared to offload Zaha, who is also on the radar of Newcastle United.
But a return to London, to the club where he established his reputation as one of English football’s brightest young talents, may appeal more.
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