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Holloway happy for Zaha

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he is delighted for Wilfried Zaha after a deal was struck to take the winger to Manchester United.

The terms of the 15-million pound transfer mean Zaha will finish this season with Palace before making his move to Old Trafford.

Holloway feels that clause makes it a great piece of business for all concerned.

“The deal agreed between Palace and United for Wilfried Zaha is one where all three parties win,” he told The Sun.

“We receive a fee for a player who came through the ranks at Selhurst Park to win an England cap and we also get to keep him for the rest of the season to boost our promotion dream.”

Crystal Palace sit in fifth position in the Championship, two points off an automatic promotion spot to the English Premier League, and are sure to be boosted by Zaha’s inclusion for the remainder of the season.

The former Blackpool manager was also quick to point out he supported the transfer, and that he received nothing in the deal, despite what some may believe.

“I would like to think I played a big role in making it happen. And before any cynics out there think about raising an eyebrow, let me make it clear straight away that I won’t be making a single penny from a transfer that was in danger of dying on the vine,” Holloway said.

“In my three years as manager of Blackpool, I used to benefit financially whenever we sold a player. That was because, when I took up Karl Oyston’s offer to become boss at Bloomfield Road, I accepted a wage that was well below the going rate being paid in the Championship.

“When we were promoted to the Premier League, the terms of my contract remained exactly the same, even though that single season in the top-flight was worth about 90 million pounds to the club.

“To compensate for this, it was written into my contract that I would earn a bonus every time a player who had improved under my coaching was sold to another club.”

Sun 27 Jan, 2013
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