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Monday 23 April 2018

Magpies head queue to sign Zaha on loan during window

Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha
Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha

Matt Law

Newcastle United are at the front of a 10-club queue to sign Wilfried Zaha on loan in January.

United manager David Moyes claimed he is yet to receive a single phone call over Zaha, but there is set to be a huge scramble for the England U-21 international.

Everton, Stoke, West Brom, West Ham, Aston Villa, Swansea and, before owner Vincent Tan's transfer rant, Cardiff are among the clubs who have been monitoring Zaha.

United may well favour sending Zaha to Newcastle, who they believe can take points off their Premier League top-four rivals. Chelsea employed a similar tactic by sending Romelu Lukaku to Everton.

Newcastle still have to play Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool in the New Year.

Manager Alan Pardew wants to add more attacking options to his Newcastle squad, as they look to build on a good start, and sees Zaha as the man to provide a new threat.

Everton could be offered 21-year-old Zaha as part of a United bid for left-back Leighton Baines, but the Goodison Park club would have to sign Gareth Barry permanently to make space for another loan deal.

Newcastle and Everton are both above United in the table, although that could change by the time the transfer window reopens.

Zaha is yet to make a single league start for United under Moyes since signing for £15m from Crystal Palace. But he is viewed by many as one of the potential signings of the window.

United are understood to be more interested in finding the right club, where Zaha can speed up his development and make an impact against their rivals, than securing a large loan fee.

Zaha earns around £35,000 a week at United and his wages will need to be covered fully by any club trying to sign him until the end of the season. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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