Following his £15million move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha would have expected things to turn out a bit differently.
When he starred in the champions’ pre-season tour, that hope would have been cemented, and yet he has rarely been seen since, to such an extent that a loan move this month is all but certain.
Having seen him up close, it would have been no surprise had Palace themselves wished to take him back; indeed that was something previous manager Ian Holloway spoke about on more than one occasion.
But his replacement Tony Pulis has now revealed that he too attempted to bring Zaha back to Selhurst Park, only to be rejected by David Moyes’ side.
Speaking exclusively to Talk Sport this morning, Pulis said, “We’ve spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don’t think he’s too keen on coming back to London.”
“It’s not a problem for us; he’s a Manchester United player. We don’t think it’s a goer, although we were very keen if there was a possibility to take him on.”
With Cardiff City and Newcastle United believed to be at the front of the queue for the England winger’s services, it still appears he will be playing elsewhere for the second half of the season.
But as Pulis has revealed today, a return to the ground at which he made his name seems a non-starter, at least not in Palace colours.
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