Manchester United to launch bid for Palace ace

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace forwardManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will make an £8m move for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha later this week, according to reports from The Mirror.

The winger has been in impressive form in the Championship this season, alerting a whole host of top tier clubs, including the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.

However, the Red Devils are set to make the first move, with Fergie confident that a bid of £8m will be enough to force through a deal.

Despite the 20-year-old’s manager Ian Holloway insisting that he will be going nowhere during the imminent transfer window, Zaha has revealed that he is open to a move:

“I’ve played a lot in the Championship so having that new challenge in the Premier League, where everyone wants to be, would be great.

“To be honest, if I had the chance in January and Palace agreed, it’s something I’d want to go for.”

Arsenal are thought to have made tentative enquiries about Zaha’s availability, and if United do lodge an official bid, it would likely start a bidding war between the two giants.

The Ivory Coast-born man is seen as one of the finest talents outside of the top-tier and was called up to the senior England squad by Roy Hodgson for last month’s friendly with Sweden.