Everton Eye Benteke Raid On Palace

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New Everton boss is determined to strengthen his forward line with Christian Benteke his latest target, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 27-year-old Crystal Palace striker broke his duck for the season during the 3 – 1 win at Leicester City last weekend. Following the shambolic penalty incident against Bournemouth the week before, it was a welcome relief for the Belgium international.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is hoping it signals a return to form, knowing that another 15-goal haul in the Premier League should see Palace ease away from the bottom three.

Everton’s form is on the upturn, with tonight’s 3 – 1 win over Swansea their sixth in seven games. However, Allardyce is keen to justify his appointment at Goodison Park on a contract until June 2019.

Benteke had an unsuccessful spell on Merseyside previously when he spent 2015-16 at Liverpool. Ten goals in 42 games failed to vindicate the £32.5m fee paid to Aston Villa. The Reds took a £5m loss on the fee when they sold him to Crystal Palace in 2016 for £27m after a protracted chase for Benteke’s signature.

Allardyce knows the player well from his time in charge at Selhurst Park. The Belgian’s aerial abilities fit with the former England boss’ preferred style of play of having a strong and robust central striker.