Man U agrees to Wilfried Zaha deal
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United has picked up one of the hottest prospects in English soccer by agreeing to sign Wilfried Zaha from second-tier club Crystal Palace.
The 20-year-old winger made his England debut against Sweden in November and will be loaned back to Palace for the rest of the season to help the London club in its bid for promotion to the Premier League.
Zaha will have a medical examination at the Premier League leader on Friday. He will join United on a permanent basis in July. The English media are reporting he will cost 15 million pounds ($23.6 million).
His goals and impressive performances have propelled Palace into fourth place in the League Championship, two points off an automatic promotion place, and himself into the England squad.
"Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Wilfried Zaha have reached an agreement for the player to join Manchester United in July 2013. The player is having a medical in Manchester today (Friday, January 25). There will be no further comment by any party until Wilfried joins United in July 2013," a statement on United's official website read.
Palace confirmed that Zaha had agreed personal terms and that he had been loaned back to them for the remainder of the current campaign.
"We are signing a player of potential," United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said. "We always feel we develop players well. We have proved that many times. We hope the boy enjoys coming here, when he comes in the summer."
Zaha told Palace's official website www.cpfc.co.uk: "I am delighted to be joining Manchester United and ending the recent speculation. I would like to thank the owners at Palace for making the move possible, however my focus for the next five months will be solely at Crystal Palace.
"I have been at Palace for more than 10 years, I will always love the club and I want to help get them get back to the Premier League, particularly for the fans who have always been so good to me."
Palace co-chairman Steve Parish said: "I feel this is a great deal for the club and the player. We would like to thank Wilf for all he has done for the club and we all wish him well when he joins Manchester United in the summer.
"It was essential to Wilf and ourselves that he stayed at Palace for the remainder of this season to help the club with its main aim of promotion to the Premier League."
Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.