Alan Pardew is aware of speculation linking Liverpool with Yannick Bolasie, but he insists the player is worth twice the mooted £10million bid.
The 25-year-old midfielder is one of the in-form players in the Premier League, something he highlighted last weekend with a hat-trick in Crystal Palace’s 4-1 win at Sunderland. Although the DR Congo international had only scored once this season prior to his exploits at the Stadium of Light, he has been a key player for the Eagles and has assisted nine time in 28 appearances.
It has been reported that Brendan Rodgers has made Bolasie a target for his Liverpool side during the summer transfer window, with an offer of £10million being prepared. However, when this proposition was placed before Palace manager Pardew on Friday afternoon, the former Newcastle United boss replied: “They need to have a look at that, because he is worth double.”
Bolasie was born in Lyon, France, but began his career in the youth ranks at Rushden & Diamonds before moving to Hillingdon Borough in the Southern Football League. Following a spell in Malta with Floriana he returned to England with Plymouth Argyle, where his three-year spell included temporary spells back at his first club in this country and two separate stints with Barnet.
His next port of call was Bristol City, who paid the Pilgrims an undisclosed fee to take him in 2011. He spent just s season with the Ashton Gate club before handing in a transfer request, and he was then snapped up by Palace for a reported fee of £500,000. Bolasie has gone on to become a key player at Selhurst Park, and has now racked up over 100 appearances for the club.