News in the People today that Newcastle are set to sign 19 year-old Crystal Palace striker/winger Wilfried Zaha.
Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace winger/striker
The young England U19 player, who was born in the Ivory Coast, is also interesting Stoke City and the transfer fee is said to be £3M.
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman turned down an approach in the summer from Stoke City for the player, and the offer at that time was said to be £1.5M.
The news in the People is that Newcastle have been so impressed with this youngster, that they plan to go in with a £3M offer in January, and that could tempt Palace to sell.
But Zaha will be key to Crystal Palace’s semi-final game against Cardiff City, and that will happen in January.
We have no idea if this story has any truth to it, but Wilfried is just the type of player Newcastle are looking for, as they bring top young players to the club, and develop them hopefully into top players at Newcastle.
Wilfried joined Palace back in 2007, and made his debut at home to Cardiff City in March of last year when he was just 17.
The youngster has so far played 68 times with 6 goals for Palace, and this season has 24 appearances for the London club with 5 goals.
Last season he was a regular at just 18 years old and made 43 appearances with a single goal, and Newcastle were linked with this player back in October, so the story may even be true.
Wilfried was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 1992 and started his career at his home town club ASEC Mimosas, and he has already represented the England U19 side twice, making his debut against Germany last February.
He looks a very decent youngster from what we can tell.