Wilfried Zaha Transfer Rumours: Latest News on the Manchester United Star

Vince Siu@vincetalksfootyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United looks on from the bench prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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We’re right in the thick of the January transfer window, and given Manchester United’s inconsistent form so far this Premier League season, it’s no surprise that speculation of a wholesale squad overhaul is rife and that Wilfried Zaha is the center of attention.

Outspoken pundit and ex-footballer Stan Collymore, who also writes a regular column here on Bleacher Report, commented in the Mirror that the Red Devils should go as far as to sell everyone on their books except for Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj—such has been his disappointment at United’s performances this term.

A main character amid all the talk of potential departures from Old Trafford is Wilfried Zaha, who arrived in Manchester just last summer in a big-money deal from Crystal Palace after signing for the Red Devils in January 2013 and staying on loan at Selhurst Park for the second half of the 2012/13 campaign, as reported by BBC Sport.

Here we will have the latest news and rumors on Zaha and his potential destination this winter.


Last updated: January 21, 2014

Wilfried Zaha suffered yet another blow to his United career as he was omitted from the starting lineup for their U-21 Premier League match against Middlesbrough on Monday, according to David Kent of the Daily Mail.

He eventually entered the fray 10 minutes into the second half, but was unable to help his team to a win, as they were held 0-0 at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

This follows reports from the weekend that Manchester United had performed a U-turn over a proposed loan move to Cardiff City, as per Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail.

Cardiff, managed by United favorite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, appeared in pole position to land Zaha on a temporary deal until the end of the season, but David Moyes has apparently since told Zaha that he would only be allowed to go out on loan if Nani and Ashley Young recover from knocks.

Watch this space for our latest updates and rumor roundup on Zaha’s whereabouts.


As of January 15, 2014

The latest news this Tuesday, as per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, is that Manchester United manager David Moyes is currently waiting for injury news from fellow wingers Ashley Young and Nani before deciding whether or not Zaha should leave Old Trafford on loan.

If both Young and Nani might be out for the foreseeable future, Zaha might well be kept on the books at United and be granted more opportunities to impress and force his way into the first team.

Watch this space for our latest updates and rumor roundup on Zaha’s whereabouts.


As of January 14, 2014

After strong speculation linking Wilfried Zaha with a loan move to Cardiff City, Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to comment when asked about any potential interest in the England under-21 winger, as reported by Sky Sports.

The same report also credit Solskjaer with an interest in another United youngster, Fabio da Silva, while Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf, previously also on the books at Old Trafford, is also a supposed target for Cardiff.

So there is still nothing to directly contradict the claims made by Jamie Sanderson of the Metro on Saturday, who alleged that a Zaha loan deal to Cardiff for the rest of the season would net Manchester United a loan fee of £1.5 million.


As of January 13, 2014

After another nonappearance for Manchester United in their weekend home victory over Swansea City, Zaha has been suggested by Mark Ryan and Joe Bernstein of the Daily Mail on Sunday to be part of a January exodus—and possible summer clear-out.

In the same article, Zaha is linked with a move to Cardiff City on loan, despite the fact that Moyes’ close friend Malky Mackay was sacked as Cardiff manager in December.

According to ESPN, however, Cardiff’s managerial change doesn’t seem to affect their potential interest in bringing Zaha to Wales on a loan deal: New boss and former Manchester United favorite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was already credited with an interest last week.

With his pace and trickery from the flanks, Zaha could well turn out to be a valuable signing for relegation-threatened Cardiff, who are in need of an injection of creativity and match-winning unpredictability.


BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 13:  Manchester United manager David Moyes gives instructions Wilfried Zaha #29  during the friendly match between Singha All Star XI and Manchester United at Rajamangala Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by C
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What’s gone wrong for Zaha anyway?

In light of all the rumors linking Zaha with a move away from Old Trafford, at least on a temporary basis, we should also look at why exactly he hasn’t figured for David Moyes this season.

Back in December, the former Crystal Palace star found accusations of him being in a relationship with Moyes’ daughter, Lauren, as a rumored reason behind his continued omission from the first team. Inevitably, he publicly condemned such rumors on Twitter, stating that he hadn’t even met her, according to the Daily Mail.

A strange situation to have found himself in, without a doubt, but Zaha’s lack of first-team action at Manchester United would probably be better explained by Dominic King of the Daily Mail, who suggests that work rate and professionalism are at the root of Zaha’s problems.

Always known as an arrogant young prospect, Zaha has seemingly failed to impress Moyes with his attitude in training and has also failed to produce anything of note in his two cameo appearances in the Premier League, though he has just played 28 league minutes.

Manchester United have turned to new wonderkid Adnan Januzaj for inspiration, creativity and a source of goals from the midfield, but Moyes still hasn’t turned to Zaha even given the need for a spark off the bench in games that United have disappointed in.

At stake isn’t just Zaha’s immediate future at Old Trafford; if he doesn’t apply himself and improve his standing in his manager’s eyes, he could find himself out of Manchester soon, on loan or not.


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