Alan Pardew had been around the block when it comes to transfer dealings and it appears this summer, he’s not only honed his skills of acquisition, but his artistry when it comes to holding onto his top talents.
The ex-Newcastle United boss has already signed Conor Wickham, Yohan Cabaye, Alex McCarthy and Bakery Sakho as well as Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford.
To keep this promising squad as strong as it reads on paper, Pardew has now gone and put a £25 million price-tag on reported Liverpool and Tottenham target Yannick Bolasie, in what can only be viewed as an attempt to ward off any move for one of his most promising players.
Quoted in the Express, Pardew says:
“I am pretty confident of keeping him.
“He is a player that isn’t quite polished — you only need to see him to see that. But I cannot see anyone paying an excess of £25million because that’s what they are going to need to get him out. So, if they want to we will talk.
“There is no long-running saga. It is just fed by the media and the fact we have done really, really well. We have had no bids for him. None.
“Not one phone call for Yannick Bolasie so it is actually not true at all.”
Pardew may claim that this entire story has been fed by the media, however slapping a £25 million price-tag on Bolasie indicates some level of concern around keeping the Eagles attacking midfielder at Selhurst Park.
This tactic will probably work this summer as one cannot see either Spurs or Liverpool paying out such a high fee, however in future it may become more difficult to hold on to Bolasie, who would surely wish to improve his career at a bigger club.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena