Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew issues £20 million starting price tag for exciting winger Yannick Bolasie, the Daily Mail reports.
The same publication had earlier reported that £10 million would be enough to tempt the south London club to let the French-Congolese midfielder talk to top Premier League suitors.
NOT FOR SALE?
But Pardew, who joined Palace earlier this year, has rubbished that claim and has said Bolasie is worth at least double that amount.
He also stated that the club are in no position to let any valuable assets go, and that the players themselves would prefer to stay at the club - including Bolasie who helped Palace humiliate Sunderland last week by scoring three goals.
Speaking on Joel Ward’s contract extension, Pardew said: “It was good news for us this week (with Ward). We wanted to send a statement that our players will be very, very difficult to take away.
“One, because they enjoy their football and two because we are going forward. Brede Hangeland said to me when he was at Fulham that he sensed that no one wanted to leave. £10 million price on Bolasie. Blimey.
“It needs to be more than double that to get near him. We are in a great financial position. I am not getting carried away with where we are but we are doing very well in the Premier League.”
TOP HALF FINISH
Pardew is aware of the current positive situations that are surrounding the club, and with that he is hoping for a top 10 finish.
“Top 10 is a realistic aim and then we want to build on that. The chairman has done a fantastic job. I will be banging his door down in the summer for some big signings.”
Bolasie has been the focal point of Palace’s attack in recent games with Pardew playing the winger in a more central role.
The Eagles' next game is against a West Brom team led by former manager Tony Pulis and a win could put them above Stoke City, who are in 10th, and West Ham, who currently lie in 9th.