By Abigail Withey
Everton face disappointment as fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace have said that they won’t sell star forward Christian Benteke this summer.
New Palace boss Frank de Boer spoke recently about the 26-year-old goal-machine and made it clear that he wasn’t willing to sell the forward over the coming weeks.
De Boer spoke ahead of Palace’s Premier League Asia Trophy clash in Hong Kong and he stated that the Belgian is happy at Selhurst Park.
During his pre-match interview, the Eagles’ boss was quoted by the Liverpool Echo, and said: “He’s happy here and we really want him to stay,
“He made a great impact last season, especially in the second half of the season, and he is crucial to us and we don’t want to sell him.”
It is thought that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was considering swooping for Benteke to bolster their striking options following the departure of Romelu Lukaku who recently moved to Manchester United.
This follows an earlier report from Sky Sports which stated that Everton had the former Liverpool forward in their sights as a direct replacement for Lukaku.
The 33-capped Belgium international made quite an impact during his debut season with the Eagles after he scored 17 goals during his 40 appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Ronald Koeman has already recruited forwards Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez, so to pursue Benteke may seem a little unnecessary. The Toffees boss has already made an impressive impact in the transfer window so far after spending upwards of £80 million on seven new recruits so far, and after Benteke cost Palace around £3o million it would be expected that they demand even more. The former Liverpool striker has proven his worth in the Premier League and has shown that he has the goal scoring capabilities, but Everton don’t necessarily need him. If the 26-year-old were to move to Goodison Park it’s doubtful that he would play as regularly as he would do at Selhurst.
In other Everton transfer news, they are in a three-way battle to sign a Premier League forward.