Friday 21 October 2016

Pardew vows to Palace will replace Bolasie if he leaves

Yannick Bolasie. Photo: Stefan Wermuth
Yannick Bolasie. Photo: Stefan Wermuth

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew revealed plans to sign two new players as he insisted he was unaware of any deal to sell Yannick Bolasie.

The winger is reportedly on the verge of joining Everton for £30million but he remains in training with the club, who host West Brom in their Premier League opener tomorrow.

The manager insists he has no desire to sell the forward, yet that he is "dictated to by the board".

He also said, however, that he will be prepared to replace him with a further signing beyond the two he has already targeted.

"The player is contracted here," said Pardew.

"This guy is a great player and a great person. I love him and will treat him with the utmost respect, whatever the situation. But I'm dictated to by the board and there is no deal done as far as I'm aware, that can happen. He's a player that I don't want to lose but if I do, I'm going to have to replace him like-for-like.

"We have replaced three players into the club who are definitely going to take us forward. We will be bringing in, at least in my opinion, two more.

"From last season, losing the (FA) Cup final, there is only one way to improve, to get better. There have been a lot of changes at this club over the summer, and there'll be a lot more before we kick-off."

Pardew is expected to hand new £13million club-record signing Andros Townsend his competitive debut tomorrow.

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