‘We all know I’m looking for a frontman’: Sam Allardyce admits he would be interested in Christian Benteke’s reunion but doubts Crystal Palace striker is on the market
- Sam Allardyce confirmed he would be interested in signing Christian Benteke
- The forward is heading for the final six months of his £ 100,000-a-week deal
- Benteke had played under Allardyce during his time in charge at Selhurst Park
- Bringing a striker to the club was at the top of Allardyce’s priority list this month
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he would be interested in signing Christian Benteke if the Crystal Palace forward were available.
Bringing a striker to the Hawthorns has been Allardyce’s top priority since his mid-December appointment.
Benteke played under Allardyce during his time at Selhurst Park and there are reports that the two clubs are in talks about a possible deal.
Sam Allardyce confirmed he would be interested in signing Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke
When asked about the 30-year-old Belgium international, Allardyce said: ‘I’m not sure if Christian is available, that’s head of recruitment and (technical director) Luke (Dowling).
“If they came up to me and said Christian is available I’m not sure that’s the case at the moment, but if he’s available I’d be interested.”
Bringing a striker to the club was top priority for Allardyce in the January window
Benteke is currently entering the last six months of his contract with Selhurst Park
Benteke is entering the final six months of his contract with Selhurst Park. The attacker – who earns over £ 100,000 a week – will become a free agent in the summer.
However, it is clear that Benteke has little interest in leaving Palace – which currently sits 13th in the Premier League table, 11 points ahead of the bottom three.
Nevertheless, the arrival of Jean-Phillippe Mateta from Mainz last week could see Benteke push the pecking order further down under Roy Hodgson.