Yannick Bolasie in demand as top English clubs prepare bids

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Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie could be on the move to a bigger team, reports The Mirror.

Crystal Palace finished 10th in last season's Premier League campaign and are already looking stronger with the arrivals of Yohan Cabaye from PSG and Alex McCarthy from QPR.

Unfortunately for the Eagles' fans, that might not be enough to keep the Congolese star at Selhurst Park with reported interest from Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa.

Bolasie loves to cross the ball, cut inside and dribble a lot, which is for sure what he's known for after a skill that he performed against Tottenham now called the "Bolasie flick". He's a very strong player but does commit a lot of fouls which can see him get a few yellow cards. 

If Bolasie moved to Tottenham:

The winger would get probably a bit less playing time than at Crystal Palace, however Spurs are in need of a quality winger that performs in the Premier League after Erik Lamela turned out to be quite a failure at the club. On top of that, Tottenham compete for top 4 every year and with the signings they have made this summer so far they could potentially look to qualify for the 2016-2017 Champions League.

Bolasie is very versatile and can play as an attacking midfielder on both sides of the pitch as well as striker, which would bring another forward to have next to Harry Kane. Averaging a 7.05 rating in 34 games last season, the Congolese international scored 4 goals and made 6 assists, which isn't too bad considering he only started getting good performances in after Pardew's arrival in January 2015.

If Bolasie moved to West Ham:

Bolasie would be yet another class signing from the Hammers, following the arrivals of players such as Dimitri Payet (ex-Marseille) and Angelo Ogbonna (ex-Juventus) earlier this month. After multiple unimpressive performances in the Europa League playoffs, I think West Ham could definitely benefit the winger and it would put themselves in a very strong position for a top half of the table finish in next year's Premier League for their last season at the Boleyn Ground. 

If Bolasie moved to Aston Villa:

Once again, that would be a class signing from Aston Villa and it would definitely reassure their fans as the departures of Fabian Delph to Manchester City and Christian Benteke to Liverpool really hit them hard. With almost £40 million made from those two transfers, money would certainly not be an issue if Villa were to bid for the winger however I don't think they would want to spend it all just on one player. Would he fit the Aston Villa side? I definitely see him fit better at Tottenham where he would join a side that would match his ambitions would he want to play in the Champions League. Aston Villa are in need of a prolific goalscorer following Benteke's move and they could prove to be strong contenders for Bolasie if he was to move this summer.

What did Alan Pardew have to say about a potential move?

Back in April, the Crystal Palace manager initially slapped up a £20 million price tag on the winger following Liverpool's interest and a reported £10 million bid made by the Reds , however he changed his mind later on in the same month following Bolasie's hat-trick against Sunderland and decided the Congolese was worth about £40 to £60 million. The huge pricetag on the Crystal Palace star should be enough to scare off any buyers but Pardew doesn't rule out a move if a sufficient bid is made for a player he feels is "undervalued":

“I’ll sell Yannick, if someone wants to give me £40m to £60m, somewhere in there, that would be good. I’ll take it and we’ll build the team around that money. Every player has a price, of course. All these players here (at Crystal Palace) are undervalued, in my opinion."

Which club is looking more likely to sign the winger?

It's difficult to say with no real bid being made yet, but if all those three clubs were to officially start a bidding war for him, I definitely think that Tottenham would be in pole position to sign the Crystal Palace starlet.  A top 5 finish almost guaranteed every season, maybe even Champions League football as well as a very talented squad to play around, not many players would refuse that, especially when they know they'll be getting playing time there. With Harry Kane in Tottenham's regular starting lineup, Bolasie could also play to his strengths (dribbling and crossing) to provide for the English striker.

In my opinion he seems to fit perfectly into the Tottenham side but West Ham and Aston Villa could prove to be tough oppositions. 

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