New Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce is set to offload Christian Benteke in bid to raise transfer budget.
Former England manager Allardyce is not willing to sell Benteke but it is believed that he will have to let go off their world record £30m summer signing as he wants more funds to revamp the existing Crystal Palace side in order the save the club from relegation.
Benteke had joined Crystal Palace from Liverpool last August under former manager Alan Pardew for a club record fee of £30m and reports claim that Palace now wants the money back to boost Allardyce’s January transfer budget.
Allardyce had saved Sunderland from being relegated last season and now the former England manager has identified his own targets for the January transfer window.
The former Three Lions manager is desperate to refurbish his side and has already seen his a £9.5m bid for Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp rejected. He is also plotting a bid for Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady and looking to add another striker after being informed by his former club Sunderland that Jermain Defoe is not for sale.
Meanwhile, Benteke has been under the radar of several Chinese Super League clubs. Foottheball sources claim that CSL side Beijing Guoan are keen on roping in the former Liverpool striker, who currently pockets a wage packet of £100,000-a-week at Crystal Palace.
Fans had expected the beginning of a new era at Crystal Palace after Benteke’s arrival and the former out-of-favour Liverpool man has scored eight goals so far in 18 appearances.
It was also a new beginning for Benteke, who lacked game-time at Liverpool under German manager Jurgen Klopp.
But recently, the Belgian star has not found the net for five matches and his recent performances saw Crystal Palace losing crucial points before the club bosses decided to sack Pardew last month.
Benteke had also drawn huge criticism for his his marking at set-pieces during a 5-4 defeat to Swansea in November.
The Belgian also failed to score from penalties in a 1-0 home loss to West Ham in November and during the Boxing draw at Watford.