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According to Turkish media outlet Fanatik, Fenerbahce would like to sign Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, but the Eagles must not consider an exit until sporting director Dougie Freedman does one thing.
Well, Fanatik report that the Turkish giants are looking to carry on their summer signing spree by bringing in another two or three players on top of the six they have already added to their squad, and Benteke is one of those they are keen on.
The report suggests that Fenerbahce’s director of football Damien Comolli is keen to sort a loan deal for the Belgium international with an option to buy, which may well be tempting for the south London outfit if the money is right given he only has a year remaining on his contract.
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The 28-year-old only scored once in 19 appearances in all competitions last term, and has turned into something of a goal-shy striker in recent seasons – he only found the net three times in 2017/18, too.
The Scot needs to do something that he has only done once this summer, and that is deliver a new signing for manager Roy Hodgson.
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While they could receive a decent proposal for the big centre-forward, they can’t even think about letting him go until they sign a new striker.
With Michy Batshuayi returning to Chelsea at the end of a loan spell, Palace have been left with the Belgian, Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth as their senior options up top.
The latter has been something of a flop at Selhurst Park so far and has failed to find the net in 16 Premier League appearances, while Wickham has had a nightmare when it has come to injuries and has only made 42 outings in all competitions in his four years in south London.
The Eagles look to need a striker whatever happens, but there is no doubt that they need one ready and in place if they are to consider an offer for Benteke. They shouldn’t be entertaining any bids until a new body has put pen to paper and his holding that red and blue shirt up at SE25.