Premier League News: 8th January 2014
Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha will not be returning to Crystal Palace on loan, features in Premier League News: 8th January 2014
The 21-year-old has made just four appearances for David Moyes’ side this season following his £15million summer move from Selhurst Park.
Zaha, whose last appearance was three weeks ago as an 84th-minute substitute in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa, has also been linked with the likes of Newcastle United, Cardiff City and Stoke City.
We don’t think it’s a goer, although we were very keen if there was a possibility to take him on.
Pulis has confirmed that he did try to entice Zaha back to south London but has admitted defeat in his quest, saying: “We’ve spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don’t think he’s too keen on him coming back to London. 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.
“There are irons in other fires and we’re working hard to bring other players in. It’s what we need to do. I said when I came here that this window was important to Palace.
“If we can have a good window then that gives us a better opportunity of staying up.”
Pulis has been linked with loan deals for Chelsea’s Demba Ba and Everton striker Nikica Jelavic.
Palace, 4/7 to be relegated this season, face Tottenham on Saturday and are 18/1 to edge the White Hart Lane clash 1-0.
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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes a lack of European football has been a factor in the club’s strong start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit are without Champions League or Europa League football this term and now only have the Premier League and FA Cup to focus on.
Liverpool currently sit in fourth place in the top flight ahead of their clash with Stoke City on Sunday.
Henderson feels that his side might have the edge over their fellow title challengers with the fact the Reds are expending no energy on European football.
He said: “That may have helped in terms of the extra rest it’s given us.
“It may be one of the factors in our improved form. When you’ve got a game on a Thursday and another one at the weekend, mentally it can be tough and physically it’s demanding, especially when you’ve got to travel abroad.
“All our efforts can go into the Premier League and FA Cup now.”
Liverpool are 9/1 to win the Premier League title this season and 11/2 to lift the FA Cup at Wembley.
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