According to a report from the Daily Mail’s Sami Mokbel, Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie is stalling over talks regarding a new contract in SE25.
The fleet-heeled wide man has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer long, but earlier this week, there had been a suggestion that Tottenham Hotspur were in fact not interested in signing him at all, throwing a spanner in the works for many of the country’s finest rumour mongers.
Despite this, it looks as though the DR Congo international has seen the signings of Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham as a watershed moment for the club in relation to pay structure and as a direct result, wants his own wages upped.
Currently paid around £20,000 a week, the report suggests that Yannick is now asking to more than double that to £45,000, which understandably, has left those with their hand on the purse strings at Selhurst Park a little reluctant to give in straightaway.
Whilst talks are ongoing and both parties are seemingly still confident of a resolution, it is telling that, after only recently agreeing to new terms with Bolasie, the club feel compelled to get him signed up for even longer. Thanks to the mountainous amounts of speculation swirling around him, things are reaching fever pitch.
Regardless of whether or not we manage to convince Yannick to put pen to paper on fresh terms, you can be sure that the same scenario will rear its head again in January if he performs well between now and then; such is the modern footballng landscape.
Spurs’ interest matters very little now, given the amount of column inches that have been devoted to the winger’s future. Evidently, he and his agent have secured the leverage necessary to demand a wage bump and as the 2015/16 gets underway, any deal that sees him staying in red and blue is likely to be welcomed by the Palace faithful.