By Harvey Byrne
Yannick Bolasie’s move to Everton is “close”, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew revealed on Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old winger 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 Sellhurst Park support.
However, boss Pardew has admitted that it will be possibly the last time that the Palace faithful see the DR Congo is a home shirt as he is in line to join Everton.
“It will be disappointing if he is going to move,” Pardew told BBC Sport, as quoted by the post match reaction blog (5.31pm)
“The deal is close but he will go with our best wishes.
“I think it is fair to say his heart and soul is elsewhere. Yannick is all about heart and soul and if it is not with us then we have to say goodbye.
“But by the same token the deal is not done yet so we will wait and see.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has also been on the trail of Sunderland’s Lamine Kone and the Sun report that terms for Kone are expected to be concluded within days of Bolasie’s capture being announced.
The 27-year-old defender asked to leave the Black Cats on Thursday evening after Sky Sports claimed on their website that the 27-year-old defender was in Merseyside on Tuesday for talks over a move to Toffees.
Sunderland manager David Moyes admitted on Friday that Everton had submitted an £18million bid for Kone but the club want the centre-back to sign a new deal and remain at the Stadium of Light.
The two Premier League stars are set to link up with new signings Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams in Koeman’s new-look squad.
In other Everton transfer news, former Toffees wonderkid George Green has moved to Kilmarnock on loan from Burnley.