Tony Pulis has admitted Crystal Palace will be forced to evaluate any offers the club gets for midfielder Jason Puncheon, according to the Express.

Pulis says he is desperate to hold onto Puncheon, but pointed to Gareth Bale’s departure from Tottenham last summer as an example of how tough it can be for clubs to hang onto their prized assets.

Puncheon has been one of the stars of the season for Palace, and hit a superb brace during last weekend’s 3-0 win at Cardiff City.

The 27-year-old signed a four and a half year contract when he joined Palace permanently in January, but Pulis concedes he may be forced to listen to offers.

“If somebody comes in and makes an offer because Jason is playing so well, we’ll look at that offer,” Pulis said.

“That’s the force of the market and it’s what happens to the top players if they play well.

“(Gareth) Bale played extremely well for Tottenham and they ended up selling him to Real Madrid – it happens in every football club.”

Pulis also called for Puncheon to ‘keep his feet on the ground’ in order to continue his development.

He added: “When he’s 100 per cent he’s a good player – anything but 100 per cent, if he drops off then he drops below the standard we need for our team to function,” Pulis said.

“He’s played exceptionally well over a period now so I think he’s happy but he’s another one who has to keep his feet on the ground.”

Puncheon has fired 5 league goals in 14 matches for the Eagles this season.

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