Wolves: 142-goal star would be good Jimenez alternative at Molineux

Wolves boss Bruno Lage on the touchline at Molineux

Wolves target Christian Benteke would be a good alternative to Raul Jimenez, according to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Bruno Lage is hoping to bolster his striker options following the loan departure of Fabio Silva and the Crystal Palace frontman has emerged as a target.

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According to The Sun, the Belgium international is a target for Wolves, who currently have just one senior frontman on their books in Jimenez.

The report states that the Midlands side are in the market for a striker after Silva joined Anderlect on a season-long loan, with Benteke one player under ‘consideration’.

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Benteke has scored 37 goals in his six years at Selhurst Park, which has taken his career tally to 142 in his senior club career.

However, despite penning a new contract with Palace last summer, he slipped down the pecking order under Patrick Vieira and made just 11 Premier League starts, with the last of those coming on New Year’s Day.

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As a result, Benteke could leave south London before September’s transfer deadline and Taylor reckons the 31-year-old would fit in well under Lage.

What did Taylor say about Benteke?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Yeah I think he would [be a good alternative to Jimenez].

“Those links don’t come out of thin air and although I’ve had no information on it myself, I think with the style, Benteke is still effective, if you’re going to go down the wing and cross the ball.”

How much would Benteke cost Wolves?

With just one year remaining of the two year contract he signed at Palace 12 months ago, Wolves could bring in Benteke for a reasonable price.

Benteke might be a proven goalscorer at Premier League level, netting 86 goals in less than 300 games, but the experienced frontman turns 32 later this year and is now considered as more of an impact player.

He has averaged just 13.5 top-flight starts across the last four seasons, which means he would likely cost Wolves far less than the £27m Palace paid Liverpool back in 2016.

Benteke is currently valued at just £5.4m by Transfermarkt, which would be a far more appropriate price for Lage’s side should they decide to pursue a deal for the ex-Aston Villa star.

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