Benteke deal in doubt? Crystal Palace eyeing Middle East-based forward

Crystal Palace are keen on a loan move for Al Ahli forward Moussa Sow as they look to address striking concerns, according to reports from L’Equipe.

The Eagles have been heavily aligned with Liverpool outcast Christian Benteke in recent weeks, but a move for the Belgian appears to be stalling.

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Although the south London club are said to be willing to pay £27m, plus add-ons, for the burly hit-man, the Reds are holding firm as they aim to recoup the £32.5m they sent to Aston Villa for him just under 12 months ago.

And reports hint that Palace may be looking away from Benteke with the 2016/17 season fast approaching, with Sow an option.

The 30-year-old forward currently plies his trade in the United Arab Emirates, where he’s hit five goals in 12 UAE Arabian Gulf League matches since his 2015 arrival.

It’s understood that a loan move is on the Premier League side’s agenda, which would give Sow the chance to prove himself in European football once again.

The 29-cap Senegal international maintained a one in two goal average during spells with Lille and Fenerbahce before he moved to Al Ahli.