Whilst most of the speculation linking Yannick Bolasie with a move away from Crystal Palace this summer has revolved around Tottenham Hotspur, a report in The Mirror suggests that Stoke City are now weighing up a bid for him.
According to Ed Malyon, the Potters are losing patience with Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, who is stalling on a move to the Britannia Stadium, despite the fact that the financial package Mark Hughes and co. have put on the table is significantly larger than what some of Europe’s biggest clubs have been prepared to part with.
Keeping that in mind, the report claims that Bolasie is seen as something of a fallback option for those in the Potteries, with the winger supposedly open to a move away before August, even though European football likely to be a major contributing factor in his willingness to leave SE25.
Despite Stoke not quite holding the stature of Liverpool or Tottenham in the mind of a neutral, it sounds as though the finances they are willing to throw at either one of the aforementioned pair are seen by those holding the purse strings as substantial enough to sway them towards a move, as they look to push the club onto the next level, following a fine season in 2014/15.
From our side of the fence, it appears as though Stoke may not believe that we will hold out for a fee as high as the one Alan Pardew has often referenced when discussing the potential sale of Bolasie, even though at this stage, £15 million would probably not be enough for us to let him go.
Should they wish to go above that, it may start to become difficult for the board to say no, but for now, it remains the stuff of pure speculation, with Spurs looking far more likely to place a bid in the coming weeks than Mark Hughes’ men.