Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Wilfried Zaha, Iker Casillas and More Buzz

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Derby County at Selhurst Park on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Manchester United remain the focus of transfer talk despite a quiet January window for the Red Devils. The Premier League leaders made a big splash by landing Robin van Persie in the summer and haven't felt the need to make any more marquee additions.

That could be about to change, as rumors continue to swirl about the future of striker Wilfried Zaha. He's been one of the most discussed players on the market since the window opened and it sounds like the saga is finally nearing its conclusion.

Let's analyze the latest updates on Zaha and a couple of other players linked to the Red Devils with nine days left in the winter window.

Wilfried Zaha

The 20-year-old England international became the center of attention after emerging as a bright young star with Crystal Palace. Premier League clubs are rightfully intrigued by his potential, which has led to plenty of speculation throughout January.

Now it appears United are closing in on an agreement, according to David Hytner and Jamie Jackson of The Guardian . They report a £12 million deal is likely to be in place by week's end and then Zaha will be loaned back to his current club until the season concludes.

It's a perfect fit for both sides.

The Eagles get to keep one of their top attacking options and the Red Devils ensure he's going to get ample playing time instead of sitting on the bench. It's a potential move with the future clearly in mind.

Iker Casillas

Although David de Gea has made positive strides since arriving at Old Trafford, he still lacks the consistency top clubs like to see from their goalkeepers. Because of that, United are getting linked to several big-name keepers.

Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph reports United are tracking the situation with Iker Casillas at Real Madrid, which could open the door for a major summer move. In turn, he states Madrid and Barcelona are both keeping tabs on De Gea.

While it seems unlikely that Madrid would let a keeper of Casillas' caliber go, questions about his future persist and United would be crazy not to consider him if he's made available this summer. He would bring the veteran presence they need between the pipes.

Pepe Reina

Sticking on the same wavelength, Reina is another seasoned keeper that's been generating a lot of buzz in recent weeks. His track record in the Premier League speaks for itself after more than seven seasons with Liverpool.

Reina is generating interest from around Europe, with Barcelona, Arsenal and United among the intrigued clubs, per Charles Perrin of the Daily Express .

Reina previously played for Barca at the beginning of his career.

The high level of interest is a potential hurdle because it would cause the price tag to jump, but otherwise Reina would be another solid summer option for the Red Devils. They still have a couple of months to make a decision on De Gea, though.