French side Bordeaux have retracted their interest in Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke, as the Eagles demand a £500,000 loan fee to take the 29-year-old away from Selhurst Park.
Sky Sports say the Ligue 1 side have pulled out of the race for Benteke, which is a huge boost for West Midlands side Aston Villa. The Premier League side are keen on landing their former striker once again.
The Belgian forward has struggled in England since his move from Aston Villa back in 2015, performing below expectations at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp before moving on to Crystal Palace in the following summer.
Cenk Tosun’s loan move from Everton to Palace was confirmed last Friday, which has put Benteke further back in the pecking order. Tosun himself is out of favour at Everton with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richardson asserting themselves as starters at Goodison Park.
Roy Hodgson is now willing to let the 29-year-old go out on loan in a bid to kickstart his career and regain the goalscoring form that earned him a move Liverpool five years ago.
Christian Benteke signed a new one-year contract deal in October last year, which extends his stay in London until the end of the 2020/21 season.
With just one year left on his deal at the end of the current campaign, Hodgson will have to make a decision on whether to keep the striker or cash in on him to avoid losing him for free in 2021.
Aston Villa are preparing to make a move for Benteke, who currently sit 18th in the relegation zone.
Wesley is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, emphasising the need for Dean Smith to bring in more attacking firepower this January.
The internationally-capped striker scored 19 Premier League goals in his first season at Aston Villa, back in the 2012/13 season and was a huge reason as to why the Villains finished 15th and avoided the drop zone.
However, Benteke will need to improve his goalscoring record of recent seasons if he’s to make an effective difference at Villa Park at the business end of this season. The forward is yet to score this season in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.
Aston Villa continue their relegation fight tomorrow at the Amex Stadium against Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm).
The Seagulls are just three points above Villa and could be dragged in to deeper relegation trouble if they fail to make the most of their home advantage this weekend.
Published at Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:50:00 +0000