West Ham linked with Crystal Palace man

Christian Benteke will consider his future at Crystal Palace in the summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Belgian has scored only once since the appointment of Sam Allardyce as Eagles boss, and was involved in a row with team-mate Andros Townsend during Saturday’s win over Middlesbrough.

The Telegraph claim West Ham could move for Benteke, and that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is an admirer – though the 26-year-old is said to prefer somewhere where he is guaranteed first-team football, with the 2018 World Cup on the horizon.

The report adds clubs in Italy, Germany and Spain are interested, too, and that Benteke has already rejected overtures from the cash-rich Chinese Super League.

Meanwhile, West Ham have rejected offers for Andy Carroll from three Chinese clubs, according to the Daily Mail.

Tianjin Quanjian, Hebei China Fortune and Shandong Luneng were all apparently keen on the England forward, with China’s transfer window closing on Tuesday.

However, the Mail say Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was not keen to see Carroll go when his striker options were so limited.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool striker has scored four goals in his last four matches.

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