By Harvey Byrne
Harry Redknapp has suggested that Arsenal should hijack Christian Benteke’s expected move to Crystal Palace.
The former Tottenham boss has stated that the Belgium international striker looked brilliant at Aston Villa, and that he is better value for money than Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
The outspoken football manager has also urged Crystal Palace to get the deal done, as he would be a huge boost to their side.
“But they do need a centre-forward and they need to push the boat out to get Christian Benteke,” wrote Redknapp in the London Evening Standard regarding Palace’s need to sign Benteke.
“If I was at Arsenal, I’d consider it too. Benteke looked fantastic at Aston Villa but his confidence is on the floor after being dragged on and off at Liverpool.
“He needs a manager to build him up again, make him the main man and get him the service he needs. I don’t see Romelu Lukaku worth £60m and Benteke at £30m: if we are talking value, I’d have Benteke all day long. Palace need to get that deal done.”
However, a deal has not yet been completed and there is potential that the Gunners could yet hijack the transfer.
Arsenal are reportedly in for a striker this summer, but they have failed in moves for Alexandre Lacazette, Jamie Vardy and Gonzalo Higuain already this window.
Benteke is set to be sold after dropping down the Liverpool pecking order, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and even playmaker Roberto Firmino all considered ahead of him in the battle for a forward role.
The striker scored 49 goals in 101 appearances during his time at Villa, but that form dipped after his big-money move to Anfield, which saw him net on ten occasions in 42 appearances in all competitions for the club.
In other Arsenal transfer news, West Brom boss Tony Pulis has refused to rule out a move for Jonny Evans to the Gunners.