Manchester United are reportedly closing in on signing Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to Guardian.

The report states the Premier League leaders have been given permission by the Championship side to speak to the 20-year-old as the winger is set to undergo a medical with the Red Devils in the next 48 hours.

Wilfried Zaha

Sir Alex Ferguson was seen during Palace's FA Cup tie against Stoke City while his assistant Mike Phelan was spotted during the Eagles' league game against Burnley. The Scot had earlier hinted the Old Trafford outfit will not do any business during the January transfer window. However, United chief executive David Gill admitted Zaha was on their radar.

Arsenal were reportedly also interested in signing the England international, however the rumour was subsequently dismissed by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. reports United have agreed for a £17m fee with Palace for the services of the young starlet. The winger will then be loaned backed to his current employer until the end of the season, as Palace push for promotion to the Premier League.

The Eagles are currently fourth in the Championship with 48 points from 28 games, trailing third-placed Hull City by two points.

Players Refreshed After Qatar Trip

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Meanwhile, United players flew to Qatar after their weekend tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Red Devils players were handed a break from a cold English weather when the squad travelled to the Middle East. Club veteran Ryan Gigsgs and skipper Nemanja Vidic claims their teammates are refreshed after the trip.

"It's been excellent since we've been here. The weather has been nice and the facilities have also been fantastic. Working in the sun has been a nice change, especially with the weather in Manchester at this time of year. We were here three years ago and on both occasions we have had great trips," Vidic explained.

"It's been really enjoyable - the weather has been good, the facilities are excellent and it's been good to be in the sun. We hope it will benefit us over the season as the training has been great and the lads have had some down-time relaxing on the beach and watching the golf at the Qatar Masters which was enjoyable," Giggs added.