Should Palace switch their attention to Bony after Benteke bid rejected?

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure are substituted

Crystal Palace desperately need a striker, and should consider Manchester City's Wilfried Bony as an alternative to Liverpool's Christian Benteke.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace over the summer

Crystal Palace's summer-long pursuit of Liverpool striker Christian Benteke does not appear to be anywhere nearer reaching a conclusion after the Eagles offer of £30 million (£23 million plus add-ons) was reportedly rejected today by the Reds (Sky Sports).

The Liverpool hierarchy want more money up-front, and a total figure matching the £32.5 million they paid Aston Villa for the Belgian last summer.

Whether Benteke is worth even half that amount is debatable, but Palace's desperate need for a striker is common knowledge, hence their lack of any kind of bargaining power.

Alan Pardew should consider switching his attention to Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, who has been made available after being omitted from Pep Guardiola's Champions League squad.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony misses a penaltyManchester City's Wilfried Bony

The Ivorian would be a cheaper option than Benteke, and whilst he is not as tall as the Belgian, he is equally as competent in the air, and has the ability to act as an out-and-out target man.

The former Swansea City striker is quick over short distances, and is a clinical finisher. He has an impressive work ethic, and is not afraid to make unselfish runs into the channels to create space for his teammates.

With only two weeks remaining until the transfer window slams shut, by letting negotiations with Liverpool over Benteke rumble on, Palace are in danger of putting all of their eggs in one basket, and risking missing out on signing a striker all together.

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony looks dejected after missing a penaltyManchester City's Wilfried Bony 

When Bony was a regular starter at Swansea he scored 34 goals in 70 games.

The Sun reported earlier on this summer that a figure of around £17 million would be required to prise Bony away from the Etihad, and for a one goal in every two-games striker, that represents fantastic value.

Moving for Bony instead of Benteke would make sense both fiscally and tactically, and given the chance of regular first-team football, Bony could once again become of the Premier League's best strikers.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure are substitutedManchester City manager Pep Guardiola as Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure are substituted

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