Alan Pardew has ruled out the possibility of Yannick Bolasie joining Everton before the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
The Toffees have reportedly agreed a club-record £30m fee for the 27-year-old, yet he will not be signed in time for Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge at Goodison Park against Tottenham.
“We’ve got nothing concrete to announce today, other than a lot of rumours. There’s nothing that’s going to happen before the weekend,” Pardew said in his pre-match press conference as the Eagles prepare for their opener against West Brom.
“Yannick is contracted here. He’s a great player & a great person, I love him. We’ll treat him with the utmost respect in any situation.”
Pardew has promised fans that they will see a better team effort in the upcoming season after falling away in the league during their last campaign.
Pardew added: “I’ve tried to be transparent because our fans deserve that. When they walk in that stadium they will see a stronger team this year.
“I want the side to retain the ball, to play a brand of football we couldn’t really last year due to injuries and the squad’s strength.
“We want more consistent displays and that will come with a stronger, deeper squad. Without having a transfer out, I would expect us to add two more players.”