Three reasons Newcastle must sign Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke

According to reports in the Daily Mail on April 18, Crystal Palace are ready to sell £120,000-a-week striker Christian Benteke this summer after manager Roy Hodgson has grown frustrated with the Belgium international.

It has been a tough campaign for the Eagles and the 27-year-old centre-forward, who is the south London outfit’s club-record signing.

The 6ft 3in man had only scored two Premier League goals in 27 top flight appearances prior to the clash against Watford on Saturday, and it is no secret that he is out of favour under the former England boss given he was only handed a place on the substitutes’ bench against Brighton last weekend, with wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend preferred to him up top in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United can start making plans for next season in the Premier League having surpassed the magic 40-point mark after they beat Arsenal 2-1 at St James’ Park on Sunday.

Manager Rafa Benitez will hope that he will be backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley – or any prospective new buyer for the club – during the summer window, and he will be keen to add some quality and experience to his squad to ensure that they can now become an established top flight team and try and consistently finish in the top half.

The Spaniard may prioritise attacking positions given his side has just 35 goals in 33 Premier League matches, and Benteke is certainly a player who must be on the Tyneside outfit’s radar.

Here are three reasons Newcastle must sign the Crystal Palace striker…

Article title: Three reasons Newcastle must sign Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke

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