Transfer talk

• Cardiff favourites to land Wilfried Zaha on loan
• West Ham determined to hang on to Ravel Morrison

Zaha to Cardiff/Stoke/Newcastle

Cardiff City are the favourites to land Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha on loan if David Moyes allows the winger to leave for the rest of the season. Cardiff's manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has strong links with United from his time there as a player and reserve team coach and that has helped to push his team ahead of Stoke City and Newcastle United in the battle to sign Zaha. Moyes, United's manager, wants regular Premier League football for Zaha along with a guarantee that the coaching he will receive can best help to develop the 21-year-old, who has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford. Tony Pulis said Crystal Palace had made an approach but that Moyes wanted to avoid sending the player back to the capital. "We've spoken to David Moyes about Zaha and I don't think he's too keen on him coming back to London," he said. "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."

Palace will, though, secure the permanent signing of Jason Puncheon from Southampton for a fee of around £1.25m. The winger has spent the first half of the season on loan at Selhurst Park, making 17 Premier League appearances, with his arrival on a long-term contract allowing Pulis to explore the possibility of taking another Premier League player on a temporary deal until the summer. The veteran striker Kevin Phillips will depart leave Palace under freedom of contract at the end of this week. Jamie Jackson and Dominic Fifield


West Ham United will resist any attempts to prise Ravel Morrison from Upton Park during the transfer window. Morrison has been one of the few sources of promise in the struggle against relegation, for all that his form has dipped over recent weeks. Interest had been mooted from Fulham whose manager, Rene Meulensteen, coached the 20-year-old at Manchester United. "We haven't had any discussions about Ravel Morrison being sold," said the manager Sam Allardyce, who still hopes to secure the England Under-21 midfielder on new terms. Morrison's contract has 18 months to run. Dominic Fifield


The Juventus general director, Giuseppe Marotta, has rebuffed clubs chasing the midfield pair Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo amid reports that both could be on the move.

The 20-year-old Pogba is a reported target of Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal while Italy international Pirlo, who becomes a free agent this summer, has been linked with a move to the Premier League. "We have a strong and functional group and we don't want to sell anyone," Marotta said. "At this time there is no possibility of selling Pirlo and Pogba even if Pirlo will soon be out of contract." PA

Omeruo to Middlesbrough

Chelsea's defender Kenneth Omeruo has completed a loan move to the Championship side for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old Nigeria international has arrived at the Riverside Stadium after manager Aitor Karanka used his relationship with José Mourinho, under whom he worked at Real Madrid, to good effect. PA

Jakupovic to Leyton Orient

Orient have snapped up the Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on a month-long loan deal. The Bosnian-born former Switzerland international, 29, has made nine first-team appearances for the Premier League club since arriving in the summer of 2012. PA © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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