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By Alex Taylor

Imminent new Crystal Palace signing Christian Benteke will not play against Tottenham on Saturday, according to a Belgian expert.

The 25-year-old striker will depart Liverpool after Palace reached an agreement with Liverpool on Thursday to sign Benteke for a fee of £27million plus add-ons.

According to Sky Sports the deal is likely to go through after the forward completes a medical with the south London outfit on Friday.

But Kristof Terreur, who writes for Belgian newspaper HLN, claimed on Friday that the Belgium international will not face Spurs in Saturday afternoon’s clash at White Hart Lane.

Terreur, who is renowned for having good contacts with Premier League-based Belgian players, claimed Palace manager “won’t consider him for selection” and Benteke is likely to make his debut for his new club in the League Cup against Blackpool next Tuesday.

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Benteke was deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear that his club would sell the striker if their £30million-plus valuation is met, despite having four years remaining on his contract.

Palace’s interest in Benteke, first mooted in January, had crystallised in early July but it took six weeks of negotiations to strike a deal that could potentially rise as high as £32million.

“It’s still subject to medical and personal terms but in terms of the agreement with Liverpool, finally we seem to have got him,” said Pardew, as quoted by the Guardian.

“I think it’s important when you’ve lost iconic players to try to replace them with iconic players. We’ve lost two this week in Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie. They have both been massive figures in this club and we need to replace them with big figures.

“I’m pleased the board have been brave with this move. I thank them that we got it this far, although it’s not complete. Benteke has a great pedigree.”

The striker bagged 49 goals in 101 games in his time at Aston Villa and has notched 105 career goals in 276 matches in all competitions.

In other Tottenham team news, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his confidence that Christian Eriksen will sign a new Tottenham contract.