Newcastle United are interested in a summer move for unsettled Manchester United midfielder Wilfried Zaha as manager Alan Pardew looks to bolster his ranks ahead of the new season, report the Daily Mail.
The Ivory Coast born winger joined the Old Trafford outfit from Crystal Palace in a £10 million deal last January but was immediately loaned back to the Championship outfit for the remainder of the season.
Although the youngster proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing before he retired, the 21-year-old was widely tipped to experienced a breakthrough season under David Moyes in England’s top tier.
However, the Scot clearly did not rate Zaha and he was frozen out of the first-team picture, before being allowed to join Cardiff City on loan earlier in the campaign for some much needed game time.
But with the Bluebirds now relegated and United experiencing uncertainty over their managerial vacancy, Pardew is ready to capitalise on the situation and offer Zaha an exit from his disastrous spell in the North West.
Given his outstanding form for Crystal Palace last season, helping the Eagles to win promotion to the Premier League, Zaha should have challenged for a place in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad but has seen has stock plummet and is believed to be interested in a new challenge.
With Pardew’s side also experiencing a downturn in fortunes despite recording a top 10 finish last season, the attack minded and exciting winger would please the fans at St. James’ Park, if he can replicate the form he showed in south London.
Pardew is under increasing pressure after overseeing a lacklustre second half of the campaign on Tyneside and will need to make several astute signings if he is to keep his job.
Wilfried Zaha made just two substitute appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League before he was loaned to Cardiff City.