Everton and West Ham lead chase for Bolasie – report

Date published: Monday 4th July 2016 11:12

Crystal Palace are reported to be ready to let Yannick Bolasie leave Selhurst Park this summer – with West Ham and Everton tipped to lead the race to sign the winger.

The Eagles are thought to be willing to allow the DR Congo international move on this summer after last week’s capture of Andros Townsend – and it’s believed the Hammers and the Toffees are leading the chase for a player, who could end up costing around £20million.

Bolasie, who has been the Eagles’ stand-out performer of the last two seasons, is also being linked with a move to champions Leicester, while Tottenham also have a long-standing interest in the player.

A string of top clubs, including Spurs, Everton, Manchester United and Liverpool have all asked to be kept informed of events – although it does not necessarily follow that a bid will be forthcoming.

The Daily Mirror believes Bolasie is most likely to sign for the Hammers due to his wish not to relocate from London, though with Ronald Koeman given serious funds to revitalise Everton, it’s believed they too would match any bid for the winger.

As Daniel Storey wrote on the winger:

‘Crystal Palace would surely love to keep the winger, but now is the time for Bolasie to move upwards in order to test himself at the highest level.

‘He’s 27 – it might be now or never. Furthermore, Palace are hardly short of replacements. Alan Pardew has a squad of 24 players, of which five (Bolasie, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako) are suited to life on the wing. Selling Bolasie would give Pardew further funds to invest in defence and up front, while we would get to see if an exciting talent could flourish under the spotlight. Make it so.’

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