The Telegraph report that Cardiff City and Newcastle United are leading a host of Premier League sides who are interested in signing Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan in January.
There was some surprise in the Football Transfer Tavern as it was revealed by David Moyes that he is yet to hear personally from any of his suitors, but that is unlikely to prevent a mad scramble to land the England Under-21 international next month.
Everton, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Swansea City are among the clubs who have been monitoring Zaha’s situation but it is thought that the Magpies and Bluebirds are leading the race.
However Alan Pardew’s side may have an advantage over the Premier League new boys as United plan to send Zaha to the North East as they try to take vital points off their top four rivals with Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool all to play Newcastle next year.
Any involvement from Cardiff could be influenced by the highly sensational reports that arrived from BBC Sport earlier who suggest that manager Malky Mackay has been told to resign or be sacked by controversial owner Vincent Tan.
The extraordinary email sent to Mackay, who took the Welsh side into the top-flight for the first time last season, has caused commotion in the bar with Cardiff fans rightly angry at the statement and treatment of their manager.
This incredible situation could open the way for another of Zaha’s suitors with Everton also thought to be in the running. The 21-year-old could be included in any potential January deal to take Leighton Baines to Old Trafford but Roberto Martinez would need to sign Gareth Barry permanently to make space for the young attacker.
United are prepared to give Zaha, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing in a £15 million deal from Crystal Palace, a chance to gain further playing time away from Old Trafford and it is thought that his availability could be one of the stories of the upcoming January transfer window.
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