Crystal Palace have held preliminary discussions with Manchester United over the possibility of signing their former player Wilfried Zaha on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old is one of a number of men set to leave Old Trafford before Monday’s transfer deadline and according to the BBC, Palace boss Neil Warnock is keen for a reunion with the England international winger, having previously managed him in his first spell in charge of Palace last decade.
Zaha is a product of the Palace youth academy and made his transition into the first team in 2010 under Warnock.
He signed for United in January 2013 but so far has failed to live up to his reputation as one of the most highly-rated young British talents. He is still yet to make a Premier League start for the Red Devils.
Warnock is confident that he will secure the loan signing of Zaha and has told Sky Sports that he hopes to sign up to four players before Monday.
Although he feels that may be a difficult task, he is remaining optimistic: “We are going to try and bring in three or four players before Monday,” said the Palace coach.
“It might be a bit sooner than the weekend, but there is a cause for optimism I think.”
Zaha was unable to get into United’s second-string team on Tuesday night as League One side MK Dons crushed the Manchester club 4-0 in the second round of the League Cup and as such, it appears he has been deemed surplus to requirements by United coach Louis Van Gaal.
The youngster may favour a reunion with old boss Warnock, with whom he would be more assured of regular first team football.