Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has expressed his delight at keeping Tottenham target Yannick Bolasie, ahead of the Premier League clash between the two, according to the Daily Star.
The former Newcastle boss admits he expected a formal offer from the North London side for the 26-year old wing wizard, though nothing materialised.
‘I was listening to that song the other day, there’s no thunder without rain’, quipped the 54-year old.
‘There was a lot of noise which suggest normally that something is coming along’, he said before adding ‘there was enough rain coming from Spurs to suggest they might make some sort of bid.’
DR Congo international Bolasie particularly impressed in the match against Spurs last year, executing a superb piece of skill.
The £25m rated wide man had been linked with a move away, but has ultimately stayed in South London.
Pardew believes Premier League clubs are now more secure, and can keep a hold of their best players amid interest from the supposed bigger clubs.
‘We can now ask for what we think is a legitimate asking price and stick to it, because we are strong enough to cope with it.’
The Eagles signed Bolasie from Bristol City in 2012, and he was part of the side promoted under former boss Ian Holloway.
He has formed a partnership with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon during his time at Selhurst Park.