Tony Pulis ready to quit over Wilfried Zaha deal

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Tony Pulis is ready to walk out on Crystal Palace because of Steve Parish's continued pursuit of Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, reports The Daily Express.

It is widely reported that Pulis will hold crunch talks with Selhurst Park officials tomorrow morning in an attempt to stop him walking out of the club after only nine months in charge. Pulis is unhappy with the lack of transfer activity in south London and it is claimed a deal to bring Zaha back from Manchester United has taken him over the edge.

Zaha deal

Eagles chairman, Parish, spoke of his intent to bring former Palace golden boy Zaha back to Selhurst Park after failing to impress at Manchester United. Zaha was brought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson but failed to impress under David Moyes, eventually being loaned out to Cardiff City.

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Despite his lack of first team action, Parish wanted to bring the Palace youth product back to the club on a temporary deal with an option to make it permanent if they survive relegation. Officials from both clubs reportedly agreed terms of a £2 million loan fee.

However, Pulis has made it known  to Palace officials that he does not want Zaha in his team. The former-Stoke City manager has concerns over the 21-year-old's attitude and told Parish not to pursue a deal.

Failed transfers

So far Crystal Palace have brought in Fraizer Campbell, defenders Martin Kelly and Brede Hangeland and back-up goalkeeper Chris Kettings for a combined fee of £2.4 million. Meanwhile they have failed in their attempts to land Pulis' targets Gylfi Sigurdsson, Steven Caulker and Michu.

It was believed an £8 million deal for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham was in the offing but that had been put on the backburner after Zaha was made available. That was enough to send Pulis to the chairman's office threatening to walk out just days before Palace travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal in their Premier League opener.

Van Gaal considering options

Not only is their doubt coming from Crystal Palace's side with regards to Zaha, but Louis van Gaal is also unsure about the young winger. He had originally sanctioned a permanent transfer but later changed his mind after being impressed with his attitude during Manchester United's pre-season tour of the US.

With a 3-5-2 formation in the offing for Manchester United, it does appear that there is no place for Zaha in Van Gaal's plans, at least for the moment. Zaha is not defensive enough to play as a wingback and not offensive enough to play as a central striker.

UPDATE: Tony Pulis has since left Crystal Palace by mutual consent after talks with Steve Parish, according to reports.

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