Newcastle had scouts at last night’s England U21 international game with Belgium, which was a European Qualifying game at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.
Wilfried Zaha in action last night for England U21s
England easily won that game 4-0, with goals from Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury (2) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Swansea City defender Steven Caulker.
The Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, a Newcastle target in the summer, made his England U21 debut, and played the first 69 minutes of the game, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that the lad has become a Sunderland target too.
Sunderland were represented at the game last night, but you would expect the two local clubs to be there, when an England U21 side are playing nearby, and exactly who they would be watching is a good question.
There are other clubs after the promising 19 year-old, and at the end of January Bolton, of all clubs, had two offers turned down for Zaha by his London club.
Stoke were also interested but the £10M that’s being banded around about how much he’s worth cannot be true.
Newcastle wouldn’t pay that much for a 19 year-old unless he was in Brazil’s first team maybe, but a Newcastle source in December hinted his value was definitely not £10M.
Zaha signed a new five-year deal earlier this season, but that was only to allow Palace could get the full transfer value for their player, and we cannot blame them for that.
The youngster was born in the Ivory Coast’s biggest city Abidjan, where Cheick Tiote played last night in the home country’s 0-0 draw with Equatorial New Guinea.
Zaha was given his debut for Palace at home to Cardiff City in March of 2010 when Paul Hart was the manager, and Wilfried at the time was just 17 years old.
He has played 81 times for Crystal Palace with 8 goals and 7 assists and played twice for the England U19 side, before making his debut last night for the England U21 side.
We think there’s no doubt that Newcastle are eyeing Wilfried, but it could be that the transfer amount asked for him may be too high for a very thrifty Newcastle club.
What do you think?