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Though the forward is not convinced about moving to Newcastle, the Red Devils want him to go on loan there and the Magpies boss knows that he is capable of being "phenomenal"

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew would be keen to sign Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha in January "if the opportunity arises".

Goal understands that the Red Devils want Zaha to join the Magpies on loan, despite his reluctance to relocate to the North East.

The England Under-21s international has made only made two Premier League appearances from the substitutes' bench since completing a permanent move to Old Trafford from Crystal Palace at the end of last season and Pardew is sad to see that "his career has stalled".

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"He's a Manchester United player, as far as I'm concerned," the Newcastle boss told the press. "He's a player I know well. He played for my old team [Palace].

"He was absolutely phenomenal when they got promoted and he got a big move to Manchester United.

"Unfortunately, his career has stalled but, if an opportunity arises, we'll grasp it. If not, we won't."

Pardew has also set his sights on securing a place in the Europa League next season, although he knows from experience that it is not easy to combine an assault on Europe with the demands of the Premier League.

"The Europa League causes massive problems for Premier League teams," he observed. "Swansea City and Tottenham are feeling that [this season].

"The demands of the Premier League are much greater than other leagues. It's something we're wary of but we're chasing a European spot."