Tony Pulis admits that, should he become available, he would love to see Wilfried Zaha see out the season at Crystal Palace.
Zaha made his name having developed through the youth ranks at Selhurst Park, and his performances led to Sir Alex Ferguson spending around £10million to sign him in January 2012. The forward was allowed to remain with the Eagles for the remainder of the campaign, and played a huge role in their promotion to the Premier League.
He has since linked up with his new team-mates at Manchester United but, now under the leadership of David Moyes, he has seen very little action for the Reds. Zaha has made just two substitute appearances in the league, although he has a starting appearance in the Community Shield and the League Cup.
It is widely expected that Moyes will allow the 21-year-old to leave Old Trafford on loan when the window reopens, and there is sure to be a lengthy queue for his signature. And somewhere near the front of that queue will be Pulis, who would love to get the England international back in the Palace fold.
“Obviously he was a tremendous player at this football club and United spent a lot of money on him. I’m sure Wilfried and David and Manchester United will decide what they want to do,” the Eagles manager said. “We’d be interested, whether we could do it, but we’d be interested if the player was available.
Pulis is sure to face some stiff competition, though, with Newcastle United also confirming their interest this week. Everton are also believed to be keen on Zaha, but they would have to make one of their existing three loan deals permanent, with Gareth Barry of Manchester City the only real option on that front.