Could this Dutch international be the perfect Zaha replacement for Crystal Palace?

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Urby Emanuelson is not considered essential to AC Milan plans next season and is set to be let go. Should Palace chase the former Fulham loanee?

Martin Jol has repeatedly been looking back at his former management role at Ajax during his time at Fulham for an influx of new talent and that trend continued with the recent finalisation of the long awaited transfer of Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from AS Roma.

Last season he also brought in two former Ajax players of his on-loan in the form of Eyong Enoh and Urby Emanuelson.

The latter signing was certainly an exciting one. Capped 16 times by the Netherlands the 26-year-old had previously been a regular at AC Milan before falling down the pecking order at the San Siro in the 2012-13 season.

But excitement was high when he arrived in London for his stint at Craven Cottage.

However, how can we put this delicately, his time at Fulham was certainly a mixed bag.

At times he definitely demonstrated the skill and raw ability that had saw Milan pay €2.5 million for him in 2011 but at other times he floated in and out of proceedings. This saw Gary Neville proclaim his performance against QPR in April, where he was subbed on and off the pitch in the same game, as one of the worst he had seen all season.

He certainly picked up his performances toward the end of the campaign and got the goal that had so far eluded him in a 3-0 win against Swansea City.

But Martin Jol certainly made it clear he was not a player he would be pursuing permanently in the summer transfer window:

“You could see [on Saturday, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal] that Urby is a nice, technical crowd-pleaser. But there is not an option on him, because it would be impossible to buy him.”

Which is a shame for Urby; as he made it clear he would have welcomed staying at Craven Cottage after falling in love with London during his tenure but instead he must return to regular time on the bench at AC Milan.

But surely one of the London clubs in the Premier League could complete a deal to give a season in the capital; and the one that crosses my mind is Crystal Palace.

Their left-winger last season was Wilfried Zaha and with him now a Manchester United player there is a significant area to fill on the pitch at Selhurst Park and the Dutch international could be perfect.

While buying him would not seem an option a loan-deal is surely a potential avenue to explore. With his contract expiring at the end of this season Milan would happily send him out on loan with the view to him leaving on a free transfer in 2014; potentially going to wherever he enjoys a temporary spell.

It may seem a far-fetched transfer rumour but that is the sort of deal Palace must pull off if they are to survive the drop this season.

Do you think Palace could talk Emanuelson into a move? Would you like to see him at the club?

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