Date: 17th December 2017 at 12:55pm
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Sam Allardyce is aiming to be reunited with Christian Benteke in January with the Toffees boss keen to add a striker to his squad, according to a report.

The Daily Mirror reports that the Everton manager believes his side still need a replacement for Romelu Lukaku who left in the summer, and thinks Benteke is ideal.

Allardyce worked with the striker at Crystal Palace last season, with Benteke scoring seven Premier League goals under the manager.

The same report states that Allardyce would have to offload players before making any new signings, due to Everton spending heavily in the summer.

The Toffees have previously been interested in the striker with a report in the Mirror on their live transfer blog on Wednesday [03:45am] stating that Koeman had put the player on his striker shortlist.

Football Insider Verdict

Benteke has been struggling at Crystal Palace this season, and only just scored his first goal of the campaign against Leicester City on Saturday. It was a positive for Benteke to score but he should have scored three or four with the opportunities he had. So Allardyce, despite benefiting from knowing the player, should probably look elsewhere. Allardyce needs a striker who can hit the ground running in January. Benteke’s current form makes that unlikely. However, he is a striker whose talent promises so much more than he’s delivering at the moment. If Allarydce can get him firing then he could be exactly the calibre of player Everton are looking for as a Lukaku replacement. Whether Crystal Palace would even entertain him moving in their position is another story.

In other Everton news, Allardyce revealed who the club are looking to replace in January.

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