England U21 star Wilfried Zaha may have been busy bamboozling defenders in the Young Lions’ 3-0 European Championship qualifier win over Finland, but his serious lack of minutes at Manchester United sees Fulham preparing a January loan bid for the winger.
Relations between Man United and Fulham just got that bit much cosier too, after the Red Devils’ former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen was confirmed as the Cottagers new head coach.
Having worked at Old Trafford alongside Sir Alex Ferguson since 2006, before losing his position when David Moyes was appointed this summer, Meulensteen clearly has strong ties with the champions.
And a move away from the north-West for Zaha in January looks like it will be hugely beneficial to both parties.
Moyes clearly doesn’t rate Zaha highly enough at present to give him any game time in the Premier League, but if the club are to capitalise on their £15m investment in the long run, then the former Crystal Palace man must gain top-flight experience.
In their current predicament – where Martin Jol’s side find themselves in the bottom three and rated as 13/8 shots for relegation before the international break – bringing in fresh blood in January is essential to an upturn in Fulham’s fortunes.
Zaha has already shown in various cameos at international level and consistently for Palace in the Championship that he is blessed with extraordinary skill, he just needs to know when to beat a player and when to pass, which will only come with more high-level experience.
Meanwhile, further reports suggest Fulham have also made enquiries about the availability of United’s Brazilian midfielder Anderson, who is also out of favour at Old Trafford.
Anderson has never been able to consistently stay in United’s first team and a move away to Fulham could breathe life into his stuttering Premier League career also.
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