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Man United flop Zaha makes Palace return, Fletcher joins West Brom

The 22-year-old winger has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Wilfried Zaha found life at Old Trafford difficult.
Wilfried Zaha found life at Old Trafford difficult.
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WILFRIED ZAHA HAS signed for Crystal Palace on a permanent transfer after a disappointing spell at Manchester United, the London club announced on Monday, while the departure of veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher to West Brom was also confirmed.

The 22-year-old winger, who returned to Palace on loan at the start of the season, has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

“I wasn’t getting much game time at Manchester United so took the opportunity of coming back on loan this season,” Zaha told Palace’s official website.

“To now have the chance to make the move permanent and come home to Selhurst Park is something I’m delighted about.”

Zaha was the last player signed by former United manager Alex Ferguson prior to his retirement, joining in January 2013 for a fee that could have risen to £15 million (19.9 million euros).

He returned to Palace on loan for the remainder of that season and helped the club secure promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

But the skilful Ivory Coast-born player made just four appearances for United and spent part of last season on loan at Cardiff City before returning to Palace on loan last August.

The England international has made 19 appearances for Palace this season, scoring once.

Zaha becomes Palace manager Alan Pardew’s fifth signing of the January transfer window after Jordon Mutch, Shola Ameobi, Pape Souare and on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo.

- © AFP, 2015

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