By Will Butcher

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has claimed that he “loves” Yannick Bolasie and there is no agreement in place for him to join Everton.

Sky Sports revealed on Tuesday evening that the Merseysiders had settled a stunning £30million deal for winger Bolasie.

But in quotes published by the Croydon Advertiser, manager Pardew said on Thursday that there was no agreement in place for Bolasie to leave Selhurst Park.

“The player is contracted here, this guy is a great player, he’s a great person. I love him,” the former Newcastle manager said.

“I will treat him with the utmost respect. But I’m dictated to by my board, but there’s no deal done. If I have to replace him, it’ll be like for like.”

The winger appears destined to move to Goodison Park, after Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol claimed the player is awaiting permission to have a medical on Merseyside.

The 27-year-old, who signed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park after moving from Bristol City for £250,000 in 2012, played in 31 encounters for the Eagles last season in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing six assists.

The reported Bolasie fee is set to break the current Everton transfer record, which stands at the £28million they spent to prise Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are reported to have made a huge offer for this Manchester United playmaker.