News of Yannick Bolasie’s imminent transfer to Everton broke yesterday afternoon, prompting BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey to unashamedly laugh at the fee Palace are receiving for the winger whilst live on air.
Having turned down a bid of £18 million from the Toffees on Monday evening, Palace were in a far more agreeable mood when Ronald Koeman and co. (no doubt buoyed by the bumper payment they’d just secured for John Stones) returned to them on Tuesday lunchtime with an offer of £25 million, rising to a possible £30 million in due course; a sum which left the aforementioned Humphrey unable to control his laughter whilst hosting BT Sport’s live coverage of Real Madrid V Sevilla yesterday night.
There are plenty who will suggest that the new TV deal Premier League clubs have been awarded with this summer has acted as a catalyst for such ridiculous transfer fees, but when you consider that Alan Pardew and Steve Parish were able to bring England international Andros Townsend into the squad for some £17 million less than the reported Bolasie fee a matter of weeks ago, you are left thinking that Everton have been well and truly played by the Palace board.
Clearly, despite displaying a usually impressive sense of professionalism when broadcasting live to the national, the sums involved were too astronomical for Humphrey to stop himself, flanked by Michael Owen on the punditry table beside him, from letting out a child-like giggle at the heights Everton had willingly scaled to land their man.
You will struggle to find a Palace fan who is completely made up at the idea of Bolasie moving onto pastures new, but for £30 million, you’d have to be a special strain of blinkered to suggest that the deal represents anything other than stellar business on the part of our football club, particularly when you consider what it should pave the way for in terms of incomings over the next few days.
I think I speak for almost all of us when I say that Jake Humphrey have summed up the thoughts of vast swathes of the Palace fan-base with his reaction to the news of Everton’s bid for Bolasie in the video attached above.
It’s bound to make you smile. Enjoy.