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United to bid £6m for Zaha within 48 hours
Manchester United will make a formal bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha in the next 48 hours. But Sportsmail understands United will play hardball with the Championship club by making a cash offer as low as £6million. The Barclays Premier League leaders are confident they are the only serious contenders to sign Zaha this month and are using that belief to drive the price down. United chief executive David Gill confirmed United's interest on Wednesday, telling Sky Sports News: “He is one of the players that we are looking at. That is all I will say at the moment. I've been in football long enough to say that is not done until it's done. He's one of the players we are looking at, but it is far from done.” Gill added that United would be willing to let Zaha rejoin Palace on loan: "Even if we did do something with Wilfried - that would be for the summer.” Palace co-owner Steve Parish originally valued the England forward at £20m. The total amount of United's offer could reach as much as £12m, with the deal including add-ons and performance-related payments.
Many of today’s papers feature complaints made by West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who claims that his side should have been awarded a penalty against United on Wednesday after Rafael appeared to handle inside the area – a grievance that was amplified by the fact the Reds had won a spot kick for a similar offence. “The one difference between Rafael’s handball and Spence’s was that Jordan plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford," he fumed.
Elsewhere, in The Sun, Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at divers and says players should set a good example for youngsters. “It impacts your players’ behaviour in terms of simulation and dissent. You have to be a model for young people as we have to have a responsibility for the future of the game,” explained the boss, who was speaking at the LMA European Managers’ Forum.