NEWCASTLE United are weighing up a £15m move for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, according to a report today.
Everton and Stoke City are also reportedly keen on the 26-year-old.
He’s a talented footballer, and I worked with him every single day at Plymouth. I know he has a bright future ahead of him.John Carver
Bolasie – who scored a hat-trick against Sunderland earlier this month for Alan Pardew’s side – is said to be looking to leave Selhurst Park this summer.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly monitoring the situation.
Palace bought DR Congo international Bolasie – who worked with Newcastle head coach John Carver at Plymouth Argyle early in his career – from Bristol City three years ago for a reported £300,000.
The Daily Mirror claim the fee would be £10m plus up to £5m in add-ons.
Speaking after United’s 1-1 draw against Palace at Selhurst Park in February, Carver said: “I know all about Yannick Bolasie.
“He’s a talented footballer ,and I worked with him ever single day at Plymouth. I know he has a bright future ahead of him. He’s a talent.
“You saw from his first touch, he shifts the ball quickly and puts a quality ball in the box and they score from it.”
Carver made a tactical change late in the game to stop Bolasie, who set up Fraizer Campbell’s equaliser.
He added: “I was concerned that he would do that again and we would lose the game, so I had to do something about it.
“Sometimes you have to take off your flair players to get something out of the game.”
Newcastle are planning for a summer rebuild of a squad which lacks quality and numbers.