Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United reportedly want to sign winger Yannick Bolasie from Premier League rivals Everton this summer.
It seems that Rafa Benitez and Alan Pardew have something in common, apart from the fact that they have Newcastle United on their coaching CV. Both, it appears, are big fans of Yannick Bolasie.
According to the Sun, Everton’s £25 million forgotten man could be sold this summer for as little as £7 million with Marco Silva’s side desperate to get the ill-fitting Congo international off their books.
But, even after a disastrous three-year stint at Goodison Park which has been ruined by injury and that dismal loan spell at Aston Villa, there are still plenty of clubs keen to offer 29-year-old Bolasie a fresh start.
Among them, the Sun claims, is a Newcastle side who have a history when it comes to signing maverick wide men. This is not the first time Benitez has been credited with an interest either.
The Mirror (27 January, page 57) claimed that he wanted Bolasie at St James’ Park before he joined Anderlecht on loan.
So with a £7 million switch to Newcastle on the cards, it is interesting to note what former Magpies boss Alan Pardew said about Bolasie during his spell in charge of Crystal Palace.
“Yannick’s cross was of the highest order and he had no right to put in a ball of that quality from the room he had,” Pardew told the Belfast Telegraph after Bolasie’s superb assist salvaged Palace a 2015 draw against, ironically, Newcastle.
“He is an exciting player – I have been an opposing manager to him – with great power and technique and it gives you an unpredictability in your team which I quite like.”
It seems that Benitez would like to work with Bolasie, too.