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Awww, can we keep him?: Palace keen on Zaha loan deal

However, manager Ian Holloway admits David Moyes would be ‘silly’ to let the 20-year-old stay in London.

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CRYSTAL PALACE ARE  likely to enquire as to whether Wilfried Zaha can return to Selhurst Park on loan next season.

Zaha agreed a transfer worth a reported 17 million pounds to Manchester United in January, but was loaned back to Palace from Old Trafford until the end of the current season.

However, with Zaha having helped to propel Palace into the Premier League in Monday’s Championship play-off final against Watford, the club’s co-chairman Martin Long believes United may want the highly-rated forward to gain experience with the league newcomers.

The 20-year-old won a penalty in the first period of extra time, which Kevin Phillips netted to seal a 1-0 win and the London club’s top-flight return after eight years in the second tier.

Long told Sky Sports News: “They (Manchester United) might want him to get experience in the Premier League playing for us rather than maybe not playing for them.

“I don’t know, of course. We probably will ask (if a loan deal is possible).”


Palace manager Ian Holloway remains unsure if new United boss David Moyes would want to loan Zaha back, and believes the one-cap England international could make an instant impact at the Premier League champions.

Holloway said: “I think he (Moyes) would be silly to give me him back. Now we’re up it might be realistic but who knows?

“He will know the task he’s got. Mine will be staying up, his will be winning every week. Good luck to him and good luck to us.”

Zaha has featured 50 times for Palace this season, scoring eight times.

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