West Ham United are preparing a summer bid for striker Christian Benteke with the Belgian said to be considering his future at Crystal Palace, report The Telegraph.
The 26-year-old has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks and has only found the net once in the Premier League since Sam Allardyce replaced Alan Pardew as manager before Christmas.
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There have been questions raised as to whether he suits the ex-England boss’ style of play and he has looked rather isolated up front since the turn of the year.
Benteke has endured a tough couple of seasons since leaving Aston Villa for Liverpool in 2015.
The powerful forward found himself out of favour under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and there was little surprise when he joined the Eagles last August.
Despite his recent struggles, Benteke is a proven goalscorer having hit double figures in three of his four full campaigns in England’s top flight and with nine goals already this term he is set to improve on that record.
West Ham could turn to him to replace the injury-prone Andy Carroll, who is reportedly attracting interest from China.
The Englishman has looked sharp when fit this season but has only managed 12 league appearances and the Hammers’ hierarchy are said to be losing patience with the 28-year-old.