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Crystal Palace sign trio on deadline day as Zaha comes home

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WILFRIED Zaha has rejoined Crystal Palace on a permanent deal - two years after he left the club for £15 million to join Man Utd.

The 22-year-old winger has signed a five and a half year contract, after his loan deal was made permanent for a fee believed to be in the region of just £3 million.

Zaha was one of three players signed by Alan Pardew on deadline day, meaning the new Eagles boss has brought in seven new first-team squad players in total since taking over at the start of January.

Bolton's South Korean winger Lee Chong-Yung, 26, has signed on a three-year-deal, again for an undisclosed fee, while looking to the future, Palace also snapped up striker Keshi Anderson - who recently scored three goals in six minutes against the Eagles' under-21 side - from non-league Barton Rovers,

Earlier in the window, Pardew also brought in strikers Yaya Sanogo from Arsenal on loan and ex-Newcastle frontman Shola Ameobi until the end of the season; midfielder Jordon Mutch, from QPR; and Senegal international left-back Pape Souare, from Lille in France.

But it is the capture of Zaha, the hero of Palace's play-off semis and final in 2013, that has got the fans most excited.

He arrived back on loan in August, after failing to make inroads into the United first team. Zaha had been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson but, by the time he arrived at Old Trafford in summer 2013, the legendary manager had retired and David Moyes had taken over.

Moyes used Zaha sparingly (he never started a Premier League game for United) and he was loaned out to Cardiff for the second half of last season.

This summer, Zaha came back to Palace under Neil Warnock and, though he has yet to hit the heights of his first spell at the club, the man capped twice by England has shown enough to persuade Alan Pardew to bring him back for good.

Zaha told the official Crystal Palace website that coming home, back to the club who gave him his football education, felt good.

He said: "I started playing here when I was eight years of age and my family live local and to have the opportunity to take the field in the Premier League for this club is a dream come true."

Lee Chung-Yong moves to Palace after six years at Bolton, where he made 197 appearances in the Championship and, mainly, during the Trotters' stay in the top flight.i

He has also represented his country in two World Cups, scoring twice in the 2010 competition in South Afria, and has been capped 65 times by South Korea.

The winger suffered a broken leg in 2011, which has stunted his progress a little, and he joins Palace while still injured with a hairline fracture to his shin, which co-chairman Steve Parish told Holmesdale Radio might take four or five weeks to heal.

The Lee deal sees Barry Bannan moving the other way and joining Championship Bolton on loan.

Speaking to the Advertiser after the deal went through, Bannan explained that the chance to play under Neil Lennon was a big factor in his decision to move to Lancashire.

Bannan, 25, said: "We have been speaking to Bolton for a while now and my heart was set on going there. I have spoken to Joe Ledley about the manager Neil Lennon and I would really like to go and work under him.

"I love the Palace fans and I will be back to hopefully play, but I've got to do what's best for me at the minute and that's going out getting games permanently."

Of the other players to sign during the January window, Jordon Mutch and Yaya Sanogo have already made their bows, while Shola Ameobi is trying to get his fitness levels up having not played since his release from Turkish club Gaziantep in December.

"My contract got cancelled in Turkey and basically I spoke to Alan Pardew. He was very interested in bringing me to Palace and I was looking for a club, preferably a Premier League one," Amoebi explained.

"I want to get back to where I was at Newcastle in terms of quality and play at the highest level possible. Palace is just a great fit."

Crystal Palace sign trio on deadline day as Zaha comes home


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