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Friday 25 January 2013

In brief: Zaha agrees Man United switch

20-year-old to leave Crystal Palace for Red Devils in July; Macheda loaned to Stuttgart

  • Wilfried Zaha (right) will remain at Crystal Palace this season and join United in July

  • Callum McManaman has made seven league appearances for Wigan this season

  • Emmanuel Frimpong has yet to play in the Barclays Premier League this season

  • Man United forward Federico Macheda will join Stuttgart until the end of the sesaon

  • Defender Craig Dawson has moved from West Brom to Bolton on emergency loan

Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace in July.

Zaha, who is to have a medical in Manchester today, will spend the remainder of the season at Selhurst Park where he will try help the south London club earn promotion from the Championship to the Barclays Premier League, before joining the Red Devils for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old youth academy graduate has attracted a host of club since breaking into the Palace first team just under three years ago, since which time he has made 110 League appearances for the Eagles and scored 12 goals.

A skilful, fleetfooted attacking player who can play on the wing or up front, Zaha has made five England Under-21 appearances and played as a substitute for Roy Hodgson's senior side in their 3-2 defeat by Sweden in November.

Fulham sign Frimpong on loan

Fulham have signed Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old has yet to appear for Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League, having been on loan at Charlton Athletic. Last season he played 11 matches, six on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers and five at Arsenal.

McManaman extends deal at Wigan

Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman has signed a new deal at the DW Stadium until June 2016.

The 21-year-old midfielder has become akey part of Roberto Martinez's squad this season, making seven Barclays Premier League appearances. 

"Callum’s signature is a huge boost for us at a crucial time in the season," Martinez told the club's website. "As a 21-year-old he is about to make the final step in his first team development and during his time at our club has grown to become an integral member of the squad."

Dawson joins Bolton on loan

West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson has joined Championship side Bolton Wanderers on emergency loan.

The 22-year-old, an England Under-21 international, has been signed for 93 days but Albion have the option of recalling him after 28 days.

"We firmly believe that Craig has a bright future and this loan spell will hopefully enable him to play some games and continue his footballing education," said Albion's Sporting & Technical Director (Designate) Richard Garlick.

"We've had an awful lot of interest in Craig but we've been reluctant to allow to him to go out on loan due to our injury situation.

"Now that we're getting a few players back, we think this is a good time to let him go out, especially as we only play three games before we're able to recall him, if we need to."

Macheda makes Stuttgart move

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined Stuttgart on loan until the end of the season.

The Italian striker, who has not made a Barclays Premier League appearance since completing a five-month loan spell at Queens Park Rangers last season, is United's leading goalscorer in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this term.

The 21-year-old, who also spent a loan spell at serie A club Sampdoria two seasons ago, will wear the No 14 at his new club and could make his debut against Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Disappointment for Diakite, Maiga and Mulumbu

There was disappointment for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakite and West Ham United's Modibo Maiga as their Mali side were beaten 1-0 by Ghana in Africa Cup of Nations Group B.

Mubarak Wakaso's 38th-minute penalty took the Black Stars top of the section a point ahead Mali.

DR Congo are a point further back with a match left to play after a disappointing goalless draw with Niger and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu's side now need a final group victory over Mali if they are to continue their South African adventure.

Nigeria are hoping that Chelsea's Victor Moses will recover from a hamstring injury in time for their second group game against Zambia on Friday afternoon.

Moses has yet to feature for the Super Eagles, who also boast Blues team-mate John Obi Mikel in midfield and are looking for their first victory of the tournament against the holders, who may call upon the services of Southampton striker Emmanuel Mayuka.

Thursday 24 January
Group B results
Ghana 1-0 Mali
Niger 0-0 DR Congo

Friday 25 January
Group C
Zambia v Nigeria
Burkina Faso v Ethiopia

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Key Points

  • Wilfried Zaha agrees to join Manchester United from Crystal Palace
  • Man Utd striker Federico Macheda moves to Stuttgart for rest of the season
  • West Brom defender Craig Dawson joins Bolton on emergency loan