According to this report in the Daily Mail, Tottenham no longer intend to pursue a deal for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, having turned their attentions to other targets already.
Whilst Spurs have been the supposed frontrunner in any deal involving the DR Congo international since the season came to a close at the end of May, Simon Jones is now reporting that Pochettino is no longer heavily interested in taking him to White Hart Lane, not that a reason for the supposed sudden change of heart is given in the piece.
With Alan Pardew having spent a large chunk of 2015 to date talking up the value of the trickster in the current financial climate, his outlandish estimation of £40 million was seen by most as a figure plucked from mid air to demonstrate his immense value to the side in its current state.
Should we indeed agree to any deal that sees the wide man move on before the summer transfer window closes, you would assume that it would have to involve a cash plus player element from a top flight rival, or alternatively, a huge bundle of cash.
Although many are quick to fret over the difficulties we may face in replacing his style of play thanks to the uniquely precocious elements that flow through his game with every touch of the ball, anything north of £20 million would almost certainly tempt Pardew and the board into a sale, with the wealth of talent available elsewhere for less.
There is little doubt that Yannick is a special talent and if Spurs are no longer keen on him, it is their loss, but with a number or other parties apparently ready to make a move, I highly doubt this is the last time we’ll be discussing the potential for him to leave over the course of the summer.
Thanks to his eye-catching performances of late he’s hot property and regardless of the potential stress it may cause those of a red and blue persuasion looking on helplessly at their computer screen, there are bound to be plenty more column inches devoted to it.