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Palace Won’t Be Getting Spurs’ Troubled Striker… Bullet Dodged

Emmanuel Adebayor appears to have turned down Crystal Palace in favour of a move to Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa in a deal that is sure to have many Eagles fans breathing a heavy sigh of relief.

The Togo international is seemingly desperate to link up with Sherwood once again and traveled to Birmingham yesterday for a tour of their training facilities, despite The Mirror reporting that Palace did make a late play for his services.

After agreeing to make the switch to Villa, Adebayor is expected to receive close to if not all of his £100,000 a week wage demands, which, even if he does recapture the form he enjoyed under the former Spurs boss, is an exorbitant sum for a player of his age and temperament.

After the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool, Sherwood has moved quickly to bring in Jordan Ayew and now Adebayor, but for Palace, there remain a wealth of other attacking targets who would far more sense, both financially and tactically.

Given our transfer record under the ownership of CPFC2010, it seems ridiculous to think that a move for Adebayor was ever seriously discussed, but with the new Premier League season now just 10 days away, we may have strayed slightly from our usual methodology in the transfer market in our apparent pursuit of him.

You can be almost certain that Palace wouldn’t have offered to pay anywhere close to the six-figure weekly wage packet that Villa reportedly have, with Yohan Cabaye’s £80,000 a week deal proving to be more than high enough for us in the current climate.

Whilst it’s impossible to predict the future, you can’t help feeling that we’ve dodged a bullet in being ruled out in the race to take the striker off Tottenham’s hands; with Tim Sherwood welcome to try and cajole lightning into striking twice.

Seriously, has anyone got Charlie Austin’s mobile number?

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Here Are The Facts – Bolasie Isn’t Leaving Palace For Tottenham

Whilst the last few weeks have been littered with reports suggesting that Yannick Bolasie could leave Crystal Palace for Tottenham before the transfer window closes, the Croydon Advertiser are today claiming that the winger is “more than happy” at Selhurst Park. 

With the figures being discussed for the former Bristol City man topping the £20 million mark, there have been plenty of Palace fans who have taken to maniacal hand-wringing over Yannick’s immediate future, but with the club on extremely solid financial footing, we are simply under no pressure to sell, which renders Spurs’ apparent interest utterly pointless if the board are indeed dead set on keeping him for the 2015/16 Premier League season. 

Sadly, with the sporting press paid to shift newspapers or perhaps more accurately, generate web traffic, speculation over any player’s future will continue to find its way online throughout any summer, regardless of the facts behind it all. In 2015, it’s just a part of life, with every football fan happy to click on a provocative headline and then moan about the amount of spurious stories they are forced to sift through within minutes. In essence, we’re our own worst enemies. 

For now though, here are the facts. 

  • At no point has Yannick Bolasie expressed a desire to leave the football club. 
  • Similarly, Crystal Palace FC have never given the slightest hint that they would be open to letting him leave. 
  • Despite a mountain of chatter, there hasn’t been a single official approach made for the winger from any club. 

Of course, in publishing that, we are by definition cutting off any chance of catching your eye in the immediate future by suggesting that the DR Congo international could be on his way to White Hart Lane but in truth, we’re as tired of it as you. 

Should the scenario shift at any stage, we’ll try to give some further perspective on the developments, but as things stand, there is literally no reason to fret as a Palace fan. Yannick is happy, Pardew is happy, we’re happy and seemingly, Spurs fans are happy to continue their preparations for the new season without him in their ranks. 

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday. 

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