Bolton Wanderers have entered the market for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
Wilfried Zaha – Newcastle back in for youngster
Newcastle had held talks with the Crystal Palace Chairmen Martin Long and Steve Parish earlier in the week, after Palace were eliminated from the Carling Cup by Cardiff City.
It was thought that Newcastle would delay any move until the summer for the 19 year-old England U19 International, but with Bolton making a move yesterday, Newcastle are reported to be back in for the youngster.
That news is being reported by the local Evening Chronicle.
Bolton are said to be willing to pay £5M for the winger/striker, and that is probably more than what Newcastle were hoping to get the youngster for – assuming the reports are true of course.
Newcastle have at least two things going for them in the negotiations with Crystal Palace – one is they can pay for the player in cool cash up front, and the second is they are probably a more attractive club than Bolton right now, who after all are fighting relegation.
The possible third thing going for Newcastle is the player is keen to come to Tyneside, if you believe local reports in the papers.
Crystal Palace are in need of money after they went into administration (bankruptcy) back in early 2010, and they will keen to receive money up front.
Crystal Palace wisely signed the lad to a five-year contract earlier this season, but that was to protect one of their biggest assets, which clubs try to do these days, so they can then get the maximum amount in the transfer market, in the event the player is sold.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle can somehow prise Wilfried from Palace with a decent cash offer, but the entrance of Bolton Wanderers into the negotiations has certainly muddied the waters for the Tyneside club.
But you never know what may happen, and we still need to bring in a good center-back before the window closes on Tuesday night, and the capture of Wilifried Zaha would be a terrific addition.