Yannick Bolasie has fanned the flames of speculation linking him to a big-money move to Tottenham by stalling on his latest contract offer at Crystal Palace.
Currently on £20,000 a week, the DR Congo international would like his wages more than doubled, with rumoured interest from the Lilywhites a handy negotiating tool.
Spurs are 3/1 second favourites to house the 26-year-old at the close of the transfer window, after the Eagles themselves, as a result of rumours crediting them with an interest in the £20m-rated trickster.
However, Bolasie’s exploits last season, particularly in terms of finding the net, failed to reach the level Spurs should expect in return from such a generous fee.
Only 22 players in the division managed more assists last term, but the same cannot be said of his four league goals, three of which came in 11 minutes against an imploding Sunderland defence.
In the era of Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and even Nacer Chadli (who notched 11 times in the 2014/15 Premier League) strikes are the currency the wide-forward trades upon.
The ability to do so regularly is one bargaining chip Bolasie does not yet possess.