As had been expected, Manchester United have finally secured the services of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha for a fee believed to be around £15 million.
The talented youngster is to undergo a medical at the club in the next 48 hours and if all is well he will put pen to paper on a five and a half year contract with United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign Zaha who earned his first England cap in November.
As part of the deal, the 20-year-old will be immediately loaned back to Palace for the rest of the season as they try to win promotion to the Premier League from the Championship.
Zaha has scored 15 goals in 124 appearances for The Eagles and will join other young England players such as Danny Wellbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as Ferguson puts together the next generation at Old Trafford.
Having come up through the ranks at Selhurst Park, Zaha has impressed over the last 18 months and gained widespread acknowledgement when he was awarded the Football League Player Of The Year title in 2012.
The arrival of Zaha almost certainly spells the end of Luis Nani’s Manchester United career and he is likely to leave in the summer to make way for the new signing.
United boss Ferguson knows that Zaha is not the finished article but is happy to let his youngsters learn on the job and he will be given plenty of time to develop into a top class player despite the pressure of such a large transfer fee.
In other Manchester United transfer news, The Sun newspaper today reports that the club are ready to submit a £10 million bid for Celtic’s Victor Wanyama. The big, strong defensive midfielder has been earning rave reviews during his time in Glasgow and was instrumental in their win over Barcelona in the Champions League group stage.
Ferguson has long been looking for a natural successor to Old Trafford legend Roy Keane and will see Wanyama as the type of player who can anchor his midfield as the plethora of attacking talent pour forward.
Whether United can tempt Celtic to part with their prized asset before they face Juventus in the Champions League knockout stage is unlikely, but if they fail in January, expect the Red Devils to make another move for the 21-year-old Kenyan in the summer.1006024