13 Aug 2015

Anfield-bound? Liverpool still chasing 'exciting' £40m' attacker. Boss confirms he'll 'talk' to interested clubs

In March, Liverpool reportedly made a 'firm enquiry' about the availability of 'exciting' Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie, and new report this week suggest that the Reds are still tracking the Congolese attacker.

According to the both the Daily Mail and the Daily Express today:

* Liverpool are still interested in signing Bolasie during the current transfer window.

* Crystal Palace are desperate for Bolasie to sign a new contract, and hope that doing so will discourage Liverpool and Spurs from pursuing a deal.

Palace boss Alan Pardew left Bolasie on the bench for the first game of the season, and When asked this about the possibility of a transfer for the 25-year old, he told reporters:

"I am pretty confident of keeping him [but] if they [Liverpool and Spurs] want to, we will talk. We have had no bids for him. None"

In April, Pardew also admitted that he'd consider selling Bolasie. He told The Guardian:

“I’ll sell Yannick, if someone wants to give me £40m-£60m. Every player has a price, of course. Anyone who rings me up will get a proper price".

The depth of Pardew's delusion is staggering; the man is clearly a raging fantasist, and there's more chance of Liverpool re-signing Andy Carroll for £50m than Palace selling Bolasie for '£40m to £60m'.

At least Pardew is consistent. In January, he told reporters:

"It would take an extraordinary bid to take him away from this football club. I would be very surprised if any club wanted to make that phone call."

For £10m-£12m, Bolasie is possibly worth a shout, but in my view, Liverpool should steer clear for the following reasons:

* Comparatively new to the Premier League, and like so many others, could fade away after a good 12 months.

* Bolasie's goal record is simply not good enough. 2012-13: ZERO goals in 30 appearances. Last season: only 4 goals in 35 apps.

£60m for 4 goals in 60 appearances? It's amazing that Pardew can make such nonsensical claims with a straight face.

In any event, with Markovic, Lallana, Henderson, Milner, and Coutinho, Liverpool already have enough midfielders who fail to consistently score goals, though hopefully Firmino and Coutinho will buck the trend this season.



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