Newcastle are still said to be interested in Crystal Palace striker/winger Wilfried Zaha.
Wilfied Zaha – Newcastle still interested
Zaha was in action again last night in Crystal Palaces’ 1-0 first-leg semi-final win over Cardiff City in London, but another player interesting Newcastle – 20 year-old right back Nathaniel Clyne – was not playing as he was one of about five or six Palace players who had gone down with a mysterious virus over the last few days.
But Newcastle may have their bid interrupted if Palace get to the Carling Cup final against either Manchester City or Liverpool, who play their first leg tonight.
That’s because Zaha is a top player for the London side, and they would hardly sell him in January, if the reach the Wembley final.
Newcastle are becoming a top club for youngsters these days, and the Magpies will do very well if they can get the 19 year-old to Tyneside, with other clubs also interested in the player.
Zaha is said to be valued at £4M by The Eagles and the youngster has 5 goals and 4 assists this season in his 30 appearances for Crystal Palace, and while he obviously is still developing, he looks a top talent for his age.
Wilfried was born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 1992 and started his career at his home town club ASEC Mimosas.
He has already represented the England U19 side twice, making his debut against Germany last February, and he made his debut for Crystal Palace at home to Cardiff City in March of 2010 when he was just 17.
If Newcastle can lodge a decent bid for Zaha, that would benefit Crystal Palace, who only went into administration a short two years ago.
But this is what their 37 year-old Scottish manager Dougie Freedman had to say in late December about his young star potentially joining Newcastle:
“Wilfried is better than a Newcastle. I know the chairman won’t accept four, five or six million pounds and that rules out a lot of clubs.”
“If you’re talking eight, nine or 10 then who is going to pay that? That is the top five or six in the Premier League.”
There’s just no way Palace will get any more than around £6M for their player, if that, but they can always dream – which is what Dougie is doing in that statement above.
For the record Wilfried Zaha has 74 appearances for Crystal Palace with 6 goals, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that the lad likes the idea of coming to Newcastle.
That sounds good – if it’s true.