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Hope Your Transfer Rumor's Not Bullshit: Crystal Palace Join Benteke Suitors

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With Juventus and West Ham having faded from view somewhat, Crystal Palace are the latest victims contestants in the Christian Benteke wage bill sweepstakes.

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It's no secret that the prospects for a long term future with Liverpool Football Club are not terribly bright for Christian Benteke. He scored some very significant goals for the club during the 2015-16, but failed to shake the tag of being "a poor fit" for Jürgen Klopp's style of play, and in the present squad, is probably the third option behind Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

With a single striker likely to be the default, and with no European football on offer, there may not be as many minutes available for Benteke in the coming year as the £32.5M man would like.  Already there have been rumblings of Benteke wanting to having a chat with Klopp once the Euro 2016 tournament is wrapped up.  If and when it happens, you can bet that chat won't be about the most recent season of Game of Thrones.

Because nature abhors a vacuum, speculation is rife as to who Liverpool will convince to take Benteke (and his very significant per diem) off their payroll. You've already heard about Juventus as a possible landing spot.  Then it was West Ham.  If the third time truly is the charm, then Alan Pardew has just won this particular supermarket sweepstakes.

Another thing that's not a secret: Crystal Palace have not exactly been convincing in the whole putting the ball into the net thing - except perhaps when they play against Liverpool.  Palace were third last in Premier League goals scored over the 2015-16 season, and suffice to say, Emmanuel Adebayor, Connor Wickham, and Marouane Chamakh have not exactly set the world alight.  Since the opening of silly season, Palace have been linked with perennial rumor subject Saido Berahino, as well as Andros Townsend (which suggests maybe Palace are not being serious about wanting to add goals).

Benteke does have qualities that, at least theoretically, might work well in an Alan Pardew side. The 25 year old Belgian also has the distinction of having won, and scored, a memorable match winning penalty for ten-man Liverpool during the two sides' matchup at Selhurst Park in March 2016.  Perhaps Liverpool are not the only ones hoping to secure an advantage over rivals by signing all the players who scored against them.

If Palace are indeed planning on adding Benteke, they'll likely have to dig deep into their share of the Premier League television cash bonanza, even before his wages are taken into consideration.  Having paid a princely sum to secure Benteke's services, Liverpool are said to be unwilling to countenance a sum of less than £20M.  It remains to be seen whether Pardew will be willing to throw that kind of money around in order to solve what has been a persistent problem for his team.