By Alex Taylor
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told fans there was nothing he could do to stop Yannick Bolasie from joining Everton this summer.
The Toffees completed the signing of Bolasie from Palace on Monday afternoon and will pay £28million for the winger.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (10.58am Monday) that Bolasie will move for an initial 22.5million, with another £2.5million of add-ons and the potential for a further £3million further down the line.
“It wasn’t something that I had planned,” Pardew told Sky sports. “When it got down to the end I asked him if there was anything we could do to keep him at the club and his response was no.
“He had made his mind up and I think with somebody like him, where he plays with his heart and his soul, he needed to go.”
The new Everton signing has already received a boost by club’s supporters who reacted well to his arrival on Twitter.
He becomes Everton’s fourth major summer signing following the arrivals of Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams to Ronald Koeman’s new-look squad.
Bolasie was on the substitute’s bench for Palace’s 1-0 defeat against West Brom on Saturday but came on in the 66th minute to a standing ovation from the Selhurst Park support.
The 27-year-old has ended a four-year stay at Palace, who he joined in 2012 after moving from Bristol City for £250,000.
In total, Bolasie played in 31 encounters for the Eagles last season in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing six assists.
In other Everton transfer news, West Brom have launched a £21million bid for the club’s target.