Newcastle United are maintaining a watching brief on Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha.

The Evening Chronicle says United ran the rule over Zaha again last night with the winger-cum-striker in action against Cardiff City in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final.

And with Palace - 1-0 winners on the night - still in with a fantastic chance of reaching the February 26 showpiece at Wembley, it means the Tynesiders may have to sit tight until the summer window to land the 19-year-old attacker.