Nottingham Forest coach Brian Eastick has denied reports that a loan deal for Manchester United’s Wifried Zaha is close, claiming there will be no new additions to the club in the new future.
Speculation had been rife over the weekend that Zaha was set to link up with his former England under-21 boss, Stuart Pearce, at Forest, with the manager admitting that he remained in the market for new recruits.
Pearce also revealed that he is planning to meet owner Fawaz Al Hasawi to discuss transfer matters and, while the United winger could be part of the discussions, Eastick has stressed that no deal is in the pipeline at present.
‘There will not be any new additions in the near future. Stuart is very happy with the squad he has got at this moment in time,’ he told the Nottingham Evening Post.
‘I think the owners have been very supportive when it comes to the players he has brought in.
‘If you told him a month ago he could start the season with the squad he has got, I am sure he would be delighted.
‘You have to expect the unexpected though in this game, so I wouldn’t dismiss any further players coming in. But there is nothing at this moment in time.
On the Zaha rumours, Eastick was further dismissive, adding: ‘I don’t take any notice of rumours.
‘Obviously we know him very well because we have worked with him with the development sides and the U21 team within the England set-up.
‘But put it this way, he will not be part of the squad at Tranmere tomorrow.’
Having starred for Crystal Palace for three seasons in the Championship, Zaha originally joined up with United last summer, after a £10 million move was arranged earlier in the 2012-13 campaign under the direction of Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, the two-time capped international made just two league appearances during the first-half of 2013-14 with David Moyes, before spending the rest of the campaign on loan at Cardiff City, where he again failed to impress in his 11 games.
The departure of Moyes this summer had given the 21-year-old some hope of reviving his Old Trafford career under Louis van Gaal, but it remains unclear whether he fits into the Dutchman’s first-team plans going forward.
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