Wilfried Zaha To Join Manchester United For £12m (TRANSFER TALK)

Wilfried Zaha seems to be edging, slowly but surely, to Manchester on a daily basis and now a figure has been quoted as to how much United are about to spend on the Crystal Palace winger.

The self-confessed third best player in the world will join the Premier League leaders in a £12m deal, with the clincher believed to be United's willingness to allow him to play the rest of the season for Palace on loan, according to the Times.

Under the spotlight

Zaha, who made his England debut in the Zlatantastic friendly defeat to Sweden in November, has interested Arsenal and Tottenham but United appear to be out on their own after they registered their interest.

He will almost certainly replace the outgoing Nani, sidelined with a hamstring injury since 7 November, which is an uncharacteristically long time for that kind of strain, or tear to keep a player out for (unless you're Michael Owen). Some rumours are suggesting he is in fact fit.

Staying with United and their interest in Frank Lampard may ultimately lead to nothing. Available on a free transfer at the end of the season, although he would be wasted in the United States there are suggestions Lampard is heading for the MLS retirement home rather than prolonging his competitive career.

His girlfriend, Christine Bleakley, apparently fancies a move across the pond.

Leandro Damião's agent has dealt Tottenham's chances of signing the Brazilian a blow after he said he expected the forward to stay at Internacional, write the Mail.

But how long will that be for? Mark it down as a stay of execution in the least nefarious sense possible.

QPR need defenders like Aloe Blacc needs a dollar and the Mirror say they have made a £5m bid for West Brom's 29-year-old Swedish defender Jonas Olsson.

I need defenders, defenders, defenders is what I need

Redknapp also wants to bring in Tottenham's ageing centre-back William Gallas, add the Standard. Steven Caulker, Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, Spurs' other defenders, are all younger than the (expendable?) Frenchman.

England's 19-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is rated at £6m, has said he will only leave Birmingham City for first-team football rather than be a reserve, say the Mirror.

A number of Premier League clubs such as Everton and Tottenham have been linked with the Olympic keeper, albeit with a view to him being a number two.

And L'Équipe ran a brief line on Chelsea's interest in Marouane Fellaini last night which has, naturally, put some Blues north and south into a frenzy. So the Star have said Wigan's James McCarthy, 22, could replace the Belgian.