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Thursday 23 March 2017

Allardyce: Benteke not for sale

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that striker Christian Benteke is not for sale in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old Belgian, who has scored eight Premier League goals so far this season, has been linked with a move to China as well as a swap deal involving West Brom's Saido Berahino.

However Allardyce, whose side face West Ham in the Premier League tomorrow, believes that Benteke will remain with the Eagles once the window has closed.

He said: "I haven't spoken to the chairman, so unless the chairman knows any different from me, Christian Benteke is not for sale.

"You can never say never but for the moment he is a Crystal Palace player and available for selection this weekend.

"I am planning on him being here at the end of this window.

"He has scored eight goals already for Crystal Palace this season so he has a major part to play - particularly in that goal scoring area - for us to stay safe in the Premier League, so I expect him to be here when the window shuts."

Allardyce added: "My interest at this time is to strengthen the areas in defence, not the attacking or front areas at this time."

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