Newcastle Reported In The Lead For English Winger

21-year-old once capped England winger Wilfried Zaha will be sold by Manchester United this summer, and it seems they will be asking about £7M for the player they paid Crystal Palace a reported £10M up front plus £5M in potential performance-related add-ons.

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Wilfried Zaha – Newcastle leading the chase?

So we suppose the Red Devils have limited that fee to just £10M, since Zaha has only played 4 times for Manchester United, and the transfer fee should be less than £7M.

The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle are one of three clubs after Zaha, and certainly Alan Pardew has always rated the Ivory Coast born player.

Crystal Palace are also interested in the England Intentional and Nottingham Forest would like to take the 21 year-old on loan for the season.

Zaha was a star when he was younger and at Crystal Palace, and in the last four full seasons there until last summer, he played 142 times with 18 goals,  and he has 13 caps with one goal for the England U21 side.

We’re not convinced  that Zaha is a target for Newcastle, but according to the Mirror we are not only interested in the winger, but we are currently leading the chase.

Well – it is a Sunday after all.

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45 comments so far


    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    So what means were in the “lead”.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I will only take this lad if Man Utd takes back Obertan and say they are sorry!

  • KevinHann

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #3

    It means Zaha is running around and several clubs have sent representatives to chase him down. I take it Carr is not our man in this case as the lad doesn’t have much of a chance. His scouting might be top notch but running skills and stamina aren’t exactly his strong traits.

  • aussiemag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #4


    Hahaha classic comment mate.

    I don’t believe they would ever say sorry regarding the Squidward deal.

    If he learnt to dribble around defenders as opposed to trying to dribble through them it would certainly make him a better player.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Zaha ain’t a bad player. Give him a fresh start which might get him back to his best. This kid is a good player.

  • Knacka

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #6

    I can see Van Gaal letting him go out on loan to prove himself in a decent team. That would suite M.A better than a straight purchase.

  • lesh

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #7

    C’mon Jesper, you ask too much asking ManU to take back Obertan and apologise.

    We should have sent him back within 14 days and asked for our money back.

    Selling Obertan was probably Ferguson’s best piece of business!

  • swemag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Huddersfield got smashed 4-0 at home by Bournemouth. As Pardew put it, they have a lot of really good players.
    I suppose it is unknown to the world that while Huddersfield have some really good players, Bournemouth is full of World Class players. Allegedly.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #9

    I know in hindsight everything is just easier, but why on earth did our coach think it was a good idea to pay £3M or so for this player based on what he had done at Man Utd?

    …he could just have asked to loan him first. Then he would have been shipped back a long time ago 🙂

    I still claim SAF was in bad faith when he screwed our naive coach over!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Not another United reject please. As well use aarons instead of Zaha.

  • jimiley

    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #11

    We have bough real quality so why do we need a Manure reject? Top 4 is now nailed on!!!!

  • swemag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Agree, we don’t need this guy. Midfield crowded as it is. Young players needs a chance or they stagnate, wasted investments.

  • Thump

    Aug 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #13

    @Boom Boom: We’re in the lead because we need a Shola replacement.


    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #14

    We were also in the “lead” for Ayew… Is this how we now say nufc only one interested in _____.?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Powell, now that’s a player I would like!

    …Zaha isn’t he most comfortable on the right? And isn’t it a lefty we need the most?

  • Sav

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Swuidward has beefed himself up like a brick netty this season. Maybe his plan to run through defenders could have a better chance of success this year?
    As for Ben Arfa, someone posted a video of his Toon dribbles and after my being resigned to pragmatism over losing our mercurial genius, I’m miserable about it all over again now. Hopefully, if still here once the window shuts Ben Arfa will be reconciled with the rest of the squad and we could get one more year of memories from the classy little magician. Here’s hoping because if we did get to a cup final (humour me a moment) every Geordie fan wants Benny to score an outrageous winner.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #17

    Totally agree on Ben Arfa. Have been reconciled to not having him play a significant role for some time, but the waste of talent for the player and club is just rotten. Has to be the worst talent to return ratio for any Newcastle player I can think of, by some distance.

  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #18

    ilovetoon8788 spot on mate do not stunt the growth of our kids for this United reject.. How would that be good for Aarons to praise him for a stellar pre-season and then put him behind this overrated player? That said still worth a punt at 2-3mill if not hang up the phone

  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #19

    If we are looking to still spend go get Richards already and add some steel and pace to the CB position and who knows maybe he and Lascalles can form a good pair next season

  • brklyngeordie

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed when are you going to put the poll up of where do we think the club will finish this season?

  • nufcalex

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #21

    He was proven to be good in the championship, we need better quality

  • expatmag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #22

    If we took Zaha, we would gave to sell Sammy. I wouldnt think there would be too many takers.

    I would rather phase Aarons in, loan out Sammy and spend any money left on the lad from Celtic.

    Next season, we will need him anyway with Colo leaving and Willo/Saylor passed their used by date.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Comment #23

    If we are getting Andre Ayew, we’d better send Benny back to OM, which is another team that Benny played for.

  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 10, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #24

    Just to express my delight…
    Overwhelmed like some fans we signed 9 very good players so far.hopefully more to come,specially in the french market.we strengthened our way without considering
    what other clubs do and did.personally the
    2011/12 season is one of the for me.
    Eleven games unbeaten, followed by impressive 5th place finish,above Chelsea
    And Liverpool.we kept our finance book smooth & steady since we returned from relegation back in 2010.This tight budget recruiting helped us avoid being like leeds
    or Nottingham.look where they are now,
    Struggling to make even top six in the championship..
    This year,we strengthened our attacking year definitely should be our defensive back.i am like other fans,
    dreaming daily whether we landed cdf or MF or skr. but in order to do that,someone
    has to go in return to balance the book.
    Consequently it is difficult to get the player you want every time b/c there are a lot of competition.That’s why credit must be given to charn and his company.They almost signed all of our top targets.I am not MA fan or Charnley,nether AP’s.but delighted with what they done and doing so far.I have to back them for that and as long as they are in the club.The mgr showed the world in 2011 that he can
    build a good team if he has good players. some fans complain the season we finished 5th was by luck ha ha,not by the mgr, I seriously doubt that…n
    Now he got his wish,quality players, hopefully will build attacking, balanced and composed team. To make this successful window complete and tastey, good results are expected in the pitch. which us vital to move forward. we should play our game or fb and try to win as many games as we can. evenif we don’t bring in further player/s,from now on,I believe we caneachiev our target.With what we have .personally I will not be happy if we finish outside top six.but am optimistic we can finish inside to 7.
    Here is hoping

  • expatmag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #25

    So, how much do you think we have actually spent this window?

    Lets go through them:

    Cabella……………………10 million
    De Jong…………………….6 million
    Riviere…………………….5 million
    Janmaat…………………..5 million
    Lascelles………………….5 million
    Dawson……………………2 million
    Perez…………. ……………2 million
    Ferrerya………………….2 million
    Colback……………………0 million
    Agents/ Sign on ……..7 million
    Total……………………….44 million


    Cabaye transfer fee………..19 million
    Debuchy fee……………………..12 million
    Tavernier fee……………………1 million
    Amalifitano fee…………………0.5 million
    Forster sell on fee……………2.5 million
    Wonga annual money…….6 million

    Total……………………………….. 41 million

    The agents fees and sign on payments is a conservative estimate and the wonga sponsorship money virtually covers that cost.

    By these calculations, we have spent 3 million pounds and probably not touched the additional sky money yet.

    If that is the case, I would expect MA to now follow up on his promise a couple of years ago when he spent money in january to avoid relegation and not reducing the debt by a further 18 million pounds, to use the sky money for that purpose.

    Therefore, I would not expect any more permanent signings coming in thus summer unless we sell a player and replace him or we get a loan like Campbell from Arsenal.

  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #26

    expatmag, you forgot the Sky money, but I don’t know how much that is.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Expat…what promise is that since what you are saying is you don’t expect anymore permanent signings?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #28

    So it seems we have problems moving players on in generelle. The fanbase it quite decided. Is it because:

    a) they were not very good to begin with

    b) or have we just gone and made them more expensive in the process without progressing the player

    Some seem to think it is the first (they were probably not all the best of players) but their former clubs seem to have been able to them on to us.

    If a player doesn’t work out for whatever reason (or contract issues) then at least make him attractive for a suitor – not the other way around.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #29

    *to move them on

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #30

    That is football 101 for coach d and the rest of our management!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #31

    I seem to be talking to myself as usual in the mornings on here! Oh well, nice to talk to a sane person after all 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #32

    I’ll go and have my morning coffee now!

  • cestriasteve

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t think we will sign anymore, may be a loan. Really think we will loose 1 or 2.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #34

    cestriasteve…to be honest I said that after or last real signing (if you disregard the two Forrest players)

    …we will once again come out this window two vital players short without spending s dime. We will gamble on it to work and when not we will panic buy in January!

    It’s the Newcastle way!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #35

    I am not really sure who you think we are gonna loose? the dead weight (including the coach) are going nowhere!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Oh well…it was that coffee we came from 😉

  • cestriasteve

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #37


    I still think we will loose Krull.

    I think we must go back in for an English based centre back in Jan(relying in someone to come straight in and adapt to the EPL is too much)

    I think we should have prioritised Grenier above anything else this season.

    Would have loved to have gone today but the bathroom ceiling has my name all over it!!

  • expatmag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #38


    My bet is obviously HBA and MYM as the players most likely to leave.

  • Slank

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Expatmag @ 25

    What about the salaries and NI for Carr and his team for the year ? The inbound transfers will not happen without them.

    What about the travel, food and accommodation for everyone involved in scouting during the year ? Again, inbound transfers will not happen if the scouting team cannot travel, eat and stay in nice hotels.

    The purchase of a player is not a single activity conducted by a single person over a single day. It is an ongoing activity throughout the year. It probably runs into millions of pounds. The cost is probably in excess of some of the transfer fees the club has paid.

    There are probably quite a few other expenses directly related to the purchase and sale of players.

    I don’t know whether the club pays for players relocation expenses. I don’t know whether the club has to pay for the full contracted rental period of a house that is used by a player even though that player has been sold and there isn’t a new tenant. I don’t know whether the club has an in-house lawyer or whether or not they use and pay for an external lawyer for the players contracts. Given the number of foreign players purchased I would imagine that the club has a hefty exchange rate charge.

    Your figures are interesting but I would guess they are far short of the actual costs. I suppose only the accountant at the club could give us the gospel.

  • expatmag

    Aug 10, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #40


    I didnt forget the sky money. The increase is probably covered by academy alterations, floodlight upgrading and part repayment of Ashley’s loan, if he chooses to do so.


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