Sport Allardyce rules out Benteke sale and confirms bids for other targets

12:46  12 january  2017
12:46  12 january  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Belgian striker Christian Benteke is not for sale.

Speaking in his press conference this morning, as reported by the BBC, the new Palace boss ruled out the possibilty of the striker leaving, following reports that he could be sold to fund further transfers.

“Unless the chairman knows any different from me, Christian Benteke is not for sale.”

“Never say never but at the moment he is a Crystal Palace player. I am planning on him being here at the end of the window. He has a major part to play.”

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  WATCH: Palace denied two pens Crystal Palace were denied two big penalty shouts during their 2-1 defeat by Swansea in the Premier League on Tuesday night. With the game still goalless in the first half, Christian Benteke looked like he was tripped by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as he attempted to round the goalkeeper, while Palace were denied again by referee Paul Tierney after Angel Rangel, who scored the eventual winner, appeared to bring down Bakary Sako and handball it at the same time.Allardyce was particularly incensed by the first decision, and was particularly unhappy it wasn't given.

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Benteke, who has not scored in five games now, has been linked with moves to the Chinese Super League.

Allardyce is expected to be very active in the January transfer window and will look to strength the squad to as he bids to avoid relegation for the first time as a Premier League manager.

Since arriving from Liverpool for what was a club-record fee the Belgian has scored eight goals this season.

Allardyce went on to confirm that the club have made bids for players.

“We have got bids in for three or four players and will find out if they are successful later today.”

Allardyce considering selling Benteke to fund new signings .
Sam Allardyce is considering selling Crystal Palace’s record buy, Christian Benteke, to fund new signings, according to The Mirror. The Belgian, though, is reportedly keen to block any attempts by his new manager to offload him and wants to stay in south London. Benteke cost Palace an initial £27m and thus, Allardyce is aware he’d command a serious fee, especially given the fact he’s already scored eight goals in his 18 Premier League games this season. West Brom manager Tony Pulis is thought to be interested in the striker, despite the fact Benteke turned down the Midlands club in the summer. The Baggies are even said to be weighing up offering Saido Berahino as part of any deal. Paris Saint-Germain was another club reportedly interested in the ex-Liverpool player, but it’s yet to become clear if they will solidify their interest. Allardyce could be taking a huge risk selling a player who continually looks a real threat in forward areas. Benteke has never failed to score goals throughout his career and with the Eagles not yet guaranteed Premier League safety, his goals might very well be needed for the remainder of this season. However, it’s understandable that Allardyce wants some new players to make his mark on the squad and selling the hitman could be his best option to raise sufficient funds to do so.

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