Christian Benteke Reportedly Discussed by Everton Amid Olivier Giroud Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
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Everton have reportedly identified Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke as an alternative to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and are considering a move for him if they fail to sign the Frenchman. 

According to MailOnline's Simon Jones, the Toffees have discussed the Belgian but are yet to make contact with Palace, while Chelsea are also thought to be looking at Benteke.

The striker is said to be content with life in London and looking for a new home in the capital.

What's more, Benteke only arrived at Selhurst Park last summer in a £27 million deal, and he has three years remaining on the contract he signed, so the Eagles will be keen to keep hold of their primary goal-getter.

He netted 17 times last season in 40 matches, and he has scored 66 in 154 Premier League appearances.

That puts him only slightly behind the goals-per-game ratio of his compatriot, and the man he would be replacing at Goodison Park, Romelu Lukaku, who has scored 85 goals in 186 Premier League outings.

The 26-year-old shares several attributes with Lukaku including his powerful physique and strength in the air, per Squawka Football:

While he would not be a completely like-for-like replacement for the former Everton man, and he's not quite at the same level, he would be fairly close.

Bleacher Report's Matt Jones has reservations over him, though:

There are indeed some question marks over him and how worthwhile the deal would be.

Benteke does not appear to be ready to move on to what would be his fourth club in three years, and Palace will likely drive his price up if any interested parties make an approach. So while he would not be a bad choice for Everton, there are probably better and potentially cheaper alternatives out there.