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Wolves transfer news: Wanderers considering move for Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has reportedly emerged as a target for Wolves.

According to a report from The Sun this afternoon, the Belgium international is on Wanderers’ radar, after Fabio Silva was loaned out to Anderlecht.

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The Eagles star has just one year left on his contract at Selhurst Park.

The 31-year-old is said to be an option Wolves are considering as possible competition for Raul Jimenez.

Benteke has been with Palace since 2016 when he joined after an underwhelming stint with Liverpool.

It has not been a particularly fruitful spell for Benteke at Palace.

He scored 15 Premier League goals in his first season with the club, but he has since struggled to replicate that form.

He managed 10 in the league in 2020/21, but his overall record for the club is 37 in 177 games. He also has 21 assists.

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There is no word on how much Palace would demand for Benteke, who has 45 caps for Belgium.

Given he is into the final year of his contract, a transfer likely wouldn’t break the bank.

Bruno Lage has previously suggested he would like to sign a striker who can win aerial duels (via Birmingham Mail).

Back in August of last year, Eagles manager Patrick Vieira said of Benteke (Palace official): “It is a plus to have Christian in our team because in the air he is one of the best if not the best in the league.

“This is a powerful weapon to have in the squad.”

This is an interesting claim, and one that does feel a bit underwhelming.

Benteke only scored four goals in 31 games last term, which is a poor record after he had shown signs of getting back on track in the season before.

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He is 31 and on high wages (£120,000-a-week as per Spotrac), and he is also somewhat similar in terms of play style to Jimenez.

Surely, Wolves should be trying to bring in someone who is a bit younger, and someone who is capable of running in behind.

Perhaps Benteke would relish a change of scenery though, and Lage may well be able to get a tune out of him more consistently.

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