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West Ham told fee needed to sign Christian Benteke on deadline day
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West Ham told fee needed to sign Christian Benteke on deadline day

West Ham will have to pay £10 million if we want to sign Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace on deadline day.

That’s according to a report from The Sun who claims that the 31-year-old could be tempted into a move to the London Stadium before the January transfer window slams shut.

Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium before tonight’s 11pm deadline.

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For a club with aspirations of challenging for honours both domestically and on the continent, having Michail Antonio as our only recognised striker quite simply isn’t good enough.

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West Ham are challenging for a place inside the top six once again this season. In order to earn European football for the second consecutive season though, the addition of a centre-forward before tonight’s 11pm deadline will be absolutely vital.

And the Hammers’ have a plan in mind. It might be one that will excite the fans though…

West Ham told fee needed for Benteke on deadline day

According to a report from The Sun, the Hammers will have to pay £10 million if we want to sign the 43-capped Belgium international before the January window closes tonight.

Despite West Ham’s desperate need for a new centre-forward, we really shouldn’t be going anywhere near the Palace striker for that sort of money.

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

Benteke isn’t a bad striker. He is very strong in the air, however, and is well-versed at playing the lone striker role with his back to goal.

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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.

That’s the problem though. It allegedly wouldn’t be a short-term loan deal.

West Ham will have to pay £10 million to sign the 31-year-old former Aston Villa and Liverpool hitman.

The Hammers could and should be doing a lot better than Christian Benteke. We are pushing for a top six spot and spending £10 million on the Belgian would be totally irresponsible.

Let’s hope that this one doesn’t happen and we manage to get a deal for a top-class striker over the line before 11pm tonight.

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