Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Wilfried Zaha Deal Done? Ferguson Ready to Bid for Victor Valdes

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Jan 22, 2013 01:20 AM EST
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Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha will hope to feature for England against Italy.(Photo : Reuters) "

 

Manchester United have completed the signing of Wilfried Zaha, while Sir Alex Ferguson considers the possibility of bringing in Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the summer.

Zaha has been one of United's No. 1 priorities in the January transfer window, with chief executive David Gill recently admitting the club's interest in the Crystal Palace winger.

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Arsenal were also thought to be seriously considering tabling a bid for the talented 20-year-old, however, United were always thought to be the frontrunners for the player's signature.

Now, finally after a couple of bids were rejected, United have reportedly agreed a massive £15 million ($24 million) deal with Palace, with Zaha given permission to hold talks over personal terms, according to the Daily Mirror.

Zaha also reportedly met Ferguson in a London hotel Sunday night, as the Scot looks to complete the deal for one of the Championship's best players.

It is understood, United will pay Palace £10 million ($16 million) up front, with a further £5 million ($8 million) based on appearances and success. According to the report, both clubs are still to agree on whether Zaha will return on loan to Palace for the rest of the season, as they try to win promotion to the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, United are seriously considering making a bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Valdes, after the Spanish international revealed he would not be signing a new contract with the club, according to the Times.

Ferguson is still unconvinced about David De Gea, and is looking at bringing in a more established custodian.

Valdes has been linked with a move to Liverpool, as Brendan Rodgers prepares a replacement for Pepe Reina, who is expected to leave in the summer.

However, if United came in, Valdes would most likely choose the Old Trafford club over the Reds, owing to the fact that United have been more successful in recent years, as well as their ability to pay higher wages.

De Gea put in an outstanding performance for United against Tottenham on Sunday for 90 minutes, but his mistake in the final moments led to Spurs' equalizer, with United legend Gary Neville, now a TV pundit, highly critical of the Spaniard's slipup.

Asked on Twitter if De Gea was unlucky to concede so late after making a string of brilliant saves, Neville was emphatic in his answer. "Never heard unlucky in 20 years in that DR (dressing) room," he replied.

The former defender then pointed out the two blunders he made in the Club World Cup match against Vasco Da Gama in 2000, which led to United losing the game 3-1.

"I had a great game against Vasco Da Gama in the world club championship in 2000," he added. "I only had a bad 20secs!!

"For the record, I think De Gea can be a great goalkeeper. He is young in an unforgiving environment and will physically mature in the next two years."

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