Newcastle look to bolster midfield with Man United outcast

Alan Pardew and Newcastle United are looking to strengthen their midfield ahead of next season as they pursue Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha, reports Metro. Zaha is one of a number of players who could be axed by new Man United manager Louis Van Gaal this summer, as he has struggled to make a lasting impression since joining the Red Devils in 2013.

Newcastle have earmarked the player to stage a rebirth at their club, however, as the Magpies are ready to table a £7 million offer for the 21 year old winger. United bought Zaha for £15 million a year and a half ago, but are expected to make a financial loss on him should they sell the midfielder on this year.

Newcastle are not the only club interested in Zaha, however, as Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest are also expected to join the race to sign him. Palace are the team at which Zaha first garnered his reputation in England, whilst Forest manager Stuart Pearce has experience of working with the player as manager of the England Under-21s.

Newcastle will hope that their club represents the most tempting of offers, however, as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season last year. The owners and the manager at Newcastle are expected to install a more attacking, exciting emphasis into the side next season, and Zaha could be brought in with the intention of doing that.

Updated: August 12, 2014 — 9:00 pm
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