West Ham are allegedly eyeing up a last-gasp loan deal for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.

That’s according to a report fro The Guardian who claim that the Hammers are exploring the possibility of bringing the 31-year-old Crystal Palace forward to the London Stadium from Selhurst Park on a short-term loan deal before the January transfer window slams shut.

West Ham boss David Moyes is desperate to bolster his centre-forward ranks before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.

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The Scot needs to bring in some quality competition and cover for Michail Antonio if the Hammers are to have any chance of finishing inside the top four this season.

West Ham are allegedly eyeing up a loan move to sign Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke
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And with deadline day fast approaching, the East London outfit had better act fast. The latest links are far from inspiring though…

West Ham eyeing Christian Benteke swoop

According to a report from The Guardian, Moyes could make a last-gasp swoop for the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker.

This comes after the Scot has tried and failed with big money bids for the likes of Leeds ace Raphinha and Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick.

The Eagles signed Benteke from Liverpool in the summer of 2016 for around £27 million (BBC).

He has experienced a fairly underwhelming time at Selhurst Park, however, scoring just 37 goals in 169 appearances for the South London outfit (Transfermarkt).

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The 43-capped Belgium international has bagged only four goals in 21 Premier League games for Crystal Palace so far this season (Transfermarkt).

Benteke is very strong in the air, however, and is well-versed at playing the lone striker role with his back to goal.

The Belgian’s hold-up play is very impressive and let’s be honest here, bringing him to the London Stadium would be a lot better than signing nobody at all. Especially if it is on a short-term loan deal.

He proved during his time with Aston Villa that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League as well, with 49 goals in 101 games for the West Midlands club (Transfermarkt).

His career record of 144 goals in 448 games certainly isn’t bad either (Transfermarkt).

The bottom line is that West Ham could and should be doing a lot better than Christian Benteke. Sometimes though, and given the Hammers’ history of signing strikers, beggars can’t be choosers…

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