By Dominic Toner
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is set to consider his future in the summer and West Ham could renew their interest in him, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the 26-year-old will discuss his future at Palace at the end of the season, whether they avoid relegation or not.
It is understood that the Belgium international has grown frustrated at Selhurts Park since his club-record move their for £32million in the summer.
The report details that West Ham are prepared to return with another move for Benteke, while allowing current option Andy Carroll to leave in order to make room
Benteke has had a mixed start to his career at Palace and is currently trying to avoid relegation from the Premier League, but they are inside the drop zone right now.
The forward has managed 11 goals in 28 appearances this season across all competitions and has put his spell nightmare at Liverpool behind him.
However, he is without a league goal in his last three matches and is struggling under manager Sam Allardyce.
His most successful spell in English football to date is with Aston Villa, where he 49 goals in 101 appearances for the Midlands club.
Football Insider verdict:
Benteke is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and that is something manager Slaven Bilic needs to be looking at adding to his squad in the summer. The forward can be clinical in front of goal and is also one of the best in the air in the division. He would very much be a straight swap for Carroll if he is allowed to depart, with the two players very similar types of player. However, West Ham may have to be searching for a player with a better calibre if they want to compete for the European spots last season. Their move to the London Stadium has made them quite an appealing club to join and they should be aiming to sign a top-class striker. Benteke is likely to cost a large sum to prize away from Palace in the summer and they could be smarter with their investment.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter as Chinese clubs reportedly bid for their striker.