Marcus Bent has exclusively told This is Futbol that Newcastle would be a great destination for Wilfried Zaha.
The Palace talisman has been linked away from Selhurst Park almost every summer in recent seasons, but has stayed put at Palace despite strong speculation.
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Zaha came closest to leaving for Everton two years ago, but the Toffees signed Alex Iwobi instead, whilst a potential dream move to Arsenal was prevented by their addition of Nicolas Pepe.
Despite Palace’s bottom-half struggles in the Premier League, Zaha has continued to spearhead their attack with 10 goals and two assists in 26 outings.
The 28-year-old is tied down to a long-term contract but Bent has hinted at a potential move away from south London this window, with St James’ Park a shock destination for the £130,000-per-week winger.
Newcastle are safe following their recent revival, but Ryan Fraser hasn’t performed this season since arriving from Bournemouth, whilst the exciting Allan Saint-Maximin has hinted at a summer exit, meaning attacking reinforcements are likely to be required.
Bent told This is Futbol:
“Zaha has not been that consistent this year, but we know he’s a talent. We spoke about him going to Everton, two years ago Everton would have snapped at the chance, but I don’t think he’s a player they want.
“Newcastle would be a great team to go to. He needs a bigger pedestal to play on and better players around him.”