Cardiff City favourites to loan Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United

• Cardiff, Stoke and Newcastle interested in possible deal
• Zaha has so far made only three appearances for United

Cardiff City are the favourites to land Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha on loan if David Moyes allows the winger to leave for the rest of the season.

Cardiff's manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has strong links with United from his time there as a player and reserve team coach and that has helped to push his club ahead of Stoke City and Newcastle United in the battle to sign Zaha.

Moyes, United's manager, wants regular Premier League football for Zaha along with a guarantee that the coaching he will receive can best help to develop the 21-year-old, who has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford.

Tony Pulis said Crystal Palace had made an approach but that Moyes wanted to avoid sending the player back to the capital.

"We've spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don't think he's too keen on him coming back to London," he told TalkSport.

"It's not a problem for us, he's a Manchester United player. We don't think it's a goer, although we were very keen if there was a possibility to take him on."

Moyes is conscious that Zaha's chances have been limited since he arrived at United in the summer following a £15m move from Palace, So far he has managed only three senior appearances for United, the last of these coming as an 84th-minute replacement a month ago in the 3-0 win at Aston Villa.

Moyes had hoped to introduce him during Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Swansea City in the FA Cup third-round tie, but Fábio da Silva's red card four minutes after the Brazilian had come on as a substitute meant Moyes had to reshuffle his side.

Palace will, though, secure the permanent signing of Jason Puncheon from Southampton for a fee of around £1.25m. The winger has spent the first half of the season on loan at Selhurst Park, making 17 Premier League appearances, with his arrival on a long-term contract allowing Pulis to explore the possibility of taking another Premier League player on a temporary deal until the summer.

The veteran striker Kevin Phillips will depart leave Palace under freedom of contract at the end of this week.

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