According to a recent report by the Daily Mail, Benteke has been attracting interest from the likes of Club Brugge, Parma, Fiorentina and West Brom ahead of the closure of the January transfer window on Monday evening, with Baggies manager Sam Allardyce thought to be keen on a reunion with the player he managed at Palace in the 2016/17 season.
He said: “I just can’t see it, to be honest. The amount it costs to pay him and agreeing the terms around his contract, that’s quite a lot to agree to and there’s no actual guarantee of goals. You’d hope you can get a tune of out him, but ultimately, he’s been quite inconsistent – very inconsistent, I should say.
“So, I don’t think there have been many clubs willing to take that gamble, which is what it is, really – it’s a gamble on Benteke, which seems crazy.”
Should Palace let Benteke go?
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments regarding Christian Benteke…
Considering the fact that Benteke’s current deal at Palace expires at the end of the season, in our opinion, it would be an odd move by a club to take the 30-year-old on now, and in doing so having to pay the south London side a fee.
Indeed, Roy Hodgson claimed earlier on Monday (13:50) that he did not expect there to be any movement regarding the striker as the transfer deadline approaches.
Having said this, we can understand the temptation to move for the Belgian now if you are in desperate need of goals, as relegation-threatened West Brom are, although as Jones’ alluded to, Benteke’s return of 26 goals from 130 appearances at Palace does not exactly inspire a great amount of confidence.