Wilfried Zaha has been linked with a move back to Crystal Palace for much of the summer, with the suggestion being that the out of favour Man United winger would favour a return to Selhurst Park. According to the London Evening Standard, the feeling is mutual, as Eagles co-chairman Steve Parish has hinted that he would like to see the youngster back at his club.
Zaha left Palace in January 2013 as part of a £15 million move to Manchester United – his signing was one of the last significant additions made to the squad by Sir Alex Ferguson. However, since arriving at Old Trafford, the attacking midfielder has failed to break into the first team and to make a lasting impression.
So disappointing was his impact on the squad that United, under David Moyes, decided to loan Zaha out to Cardiff City for much of last season. However, the player was unable to especially affect things in Wales either, and Cardiff were eventually relegated out of the Premier League.
Parish will be hopeful that Zaha can rediscover his talents at Palace, should the move become a reality. However, the chairman was keen to stress that the decision to sign players did not rest with him, but with Tony Pulis the manager.
‘It’s up to the manager, the players we sign. It’s not up to me. I’m there to help him get the squad he wants,’ said Parish. ‘There’s a sentimental value and I loved Wilf as a kid and he did sensational things for us,’ he continued, ‘I know the fans would like him back and that will play a part, but in the end the manager will decide what we do.’