Crystal Palace ready to extend Christian Benteke’s contract to fend off interest from West Brom after Sam Allardyce confirmed his interest in a reunion with the Belgian striker
- Crystal Palace want to extend Christian Benteke’s contract past this summer
- The 30-year-old Belgian’s current deal at Selhurst Park is in its final six months
- The Eagles want to fend off interest from West Brom, who want to add a striker
Crystal Palace are ready to extend Christian Benteke’s contract amid interest from West Brom.
The 30-year-old’s deal runs out in the summer and though Palace want to streamline their squad after adding Jean-Philippe Mateta they are making plans to offer the Belgian another year.
But Benteke’s agent Kismet Eris said: ‘I rather think the club are hoping to get Christian to sign a contract extension, who will be free in June.’
Crystal Palace are ready to extend 30-year-old striker Christian Benteke’s current contract
Sam Allardyce confirmed he would be interested in signing Benteke if he was available, with the Baggies boss eager to bring in a striker this month.
The former Aston Villa and Liverpool frontman is heading into the final year of his £100,000-per-week contract at Selhurst Park.
Asked about the 30-year-old Belgium international, Allardyce said: ‘I am not sure if Christian is available, that’s down to the head of recruitment and (technical director) Luke (Dowling).
Sam Allardyce is eager to bring in a striker and confirmed a reunion with Benteke interests him
‘If they came to me and said Christian is available, I’m not sure that’s the case at the moment, but if he is available I’d be interested.’
Benteke has just six goals over his last three seasons for Palace, and has struggled to live up to the club record £32million fee paid when he arrived from Anfield in 2017.
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