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Yannick Bolasie's Everton switch will open door for Crystal Palace to seize Christian Benteke

By Staff Reporter

Everton have agreed a deal with Crystal Palace for winger Yannick Bolasie for a fee that could rise to £30m - and which Palace will use to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke

Bolasie will become the Toffees' most expensive signing in their 138-year history providing he passes a medical and agrees personal terms on a switch.

It's understood a deal to take the 27-year-old to Goodison Park is expected to be completed by the end of the week and will surpass the £28m Everton paid to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in 2014.

Bolasie, capped 27 times by the Democratic Republic of Congo, joined Palace from Bristol City - who are in line for a welcome windfall having negotiated a sell-on clause - in 2012 and helped the club win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs during his debut season.

He has made 143 appearances for Palace during his four seasons with the club, managing to score 13 times.

His departure will generate the funds for a move for Benteke. The Belgium international isn't part of Jurgen Klopp's plans at Anfield but the Merseyside outfit are still hoping to recoup close to the £32.5m that they paid for him from Aston Villa last summer. Palace are hoping to offset this with a £25m bid plus £4.5m in add-ons.

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