Crystal Palace open contract extension talks with Yannick Bolasie

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

HITC Sport understands that a winger linked with several Premier League sides is open to the penning of fresh terms, but wants his development recognised.

Crystal Palace have opened talks with Yannick Bolasie’s representatives over a new long-term deal, HITC Sport can confirm from sources close to the player.

The DR Congo star was brilliant for The Eagles last season, and was one of the key performers under Alan Pardew as they finished tenth in the Premier League.

The likes of Liverpool, West Ham United, Southampton, Aston Villa and Everton have all been strongly linked in recent months, but Bolasie’s long-term suitors have always been Tottenham Hotspur – as reported by the Daily Mirror.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy is a huge fan of the former Bristol City winger, and in January he is understood to have asked Palace counter-part Steve Parish to name his price.

And indeed Parish and his fellow Palace shareholders have done just that, but they have demanded a minimum of £22million, and Spurs are not ready to do that sort of business for the 26-year-old.

Now Palace have approached Bolasie about signing a new deal, despite having two years left on his current contract, and he is open to the prospect of agreeing fresh terms.

A source confirmed to HITC Sport: “Bolasie appears ready to sign, although he has told Palace that if they tell everyone else he is a £20million player, they need to offer him terms that correspond to that.”

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